• – By Dr. Oscar Dalmao

Dentures not working properly? Here's what you need to know.


Do you have painful gums? Do your dentures move when you speak?

Understand the reasons for your issues, before seeking help.

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re among millions of people suffering with these issues. Many still believe that extracting teeth and replacing them with removable dentures is the best solution. In reality, expectations prove quite different results.

To better understand why these dentures cause such a large percentage of issues – from a functional, aesthetic and phonetic level, we must first understand how our bodies work:

OUR CHEWING MECHANISM IS DYNAMIC AND COMPLEX, it’s formed by both the chewing muscles and those used for expression, maxillary bone, gums, teeth and molars, their roots, the periodontal ligament, plus the fibers that join these roots with the bone.

When we chew, the roots of each tooth stimulate constantly over the bone. By losing one, several, or all teeth, this required stimulation is lost causing the bone to lose its volume – first its height and then its width. This is known as BONE ATROPHY.

This is followed by a series of issues, which directly affect proper chewing functions and as a result prematurely age facial appearance.

As the bone atrophies and loses its height and thickness, the area left for the chewing muscles gets closer to the crest of the bone, resulting in an unstable positioning for removable dentures, and premature aging of facial appearance. If to this we add the vertical pressure caused by constant chewing motions, it’s easy to understand that the bone will lose its volume quicker, causing discomfort, sores on the gums, and difficulty to eat. For this reason it’s important to routinely EVALUATE AND ADJUST DENTURES.

THE SOLUTION?

In order for the chewing mechanism to continue functioning effectively, we must imitate Mother Nature.

WE MUST NOT ONLY REPLACE THE EXTERNAL SPACE OF TOOTH LOSS BY PLACING A PONTIC CROWN ON A BRIDGE OR A TOOTH ON THE DENTURE, BUT ALSO WE SHOULD REPLACE THE AFFECTED ROOTS BY USING DENTAL IMPLANTS.

BENEFITS

  • Dental implants replace not only the external portion of the missing tooth but it also replaces the missing root.

  • They stimulate the bone, providing it with improved density and avoiding or minimizing bone atrophy.

  • We use implants to replace one, many, or all of your lost teeth, for a highly valued look, phonetics and function.

  • They serve as good anchors to your dentures, and provide them with stability and comforts.

  • They can be used for fixed or removable prostheses.

  • They are placed using local anesthetic, in most cases resulting in minimal or no discomfort at all.

  • As a result patients discover the simple joys of a smile, and are able to again enjoy their favorite foods and regain their self-confidence.

MY ADVICE

Dental implants are one of the most accurate dental replacements we provide. And although the initial cost is slightly higher than other conventional treatments (removable dentures or fixed bridges), the many benefits are completely justifiable, because they provide a stable and long term solution.

To obtain optimum results it’s advisable to consult with a professional experienced in implant placement and restoration. It’s advisable seeks out information about tooth replacement in order to choose the best treatment for your specific needs.

REMEMBER: THE MOST ECONOMICAL DENTAL TREATMENT IS THAT WHICH IS ONLY DONE ONCE, AND PROVIDES A CONCRETE SOLUTION TO YOUR LONG TERM NEEDS.

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Dr. Oscar Dalmao is a General, Cosmetic & Implant Denturist in Mississauga and Toronto. www.drdalmao.com

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