You might initially have been happy with your dentures, especially if you had been struggling with poor teeth for many years. But for many people, initial excitement about dentures changes over time as they realize their dentures are not as good as they thought.
Here’s why your dentures might not be as good as they were at first.
Bone Loss Changes Fit
Dentures represent a major change for your mouth. Your mouth developed around your teeth, and your teeth interact vitally with everything in it. One of the most rapid changes that will occur when you get dentures is the loss of bone that used to support your teeth. Without the stimulation your teeth used to provide, your bone will be removed by the body. In some cases, poorly fitted dentures can actually accelerate bone loss.
What you’ll likely notice is that your dentures don’t seem to fit any more. They used to stay in place properly, but now they are loose.
Relining your dentures is a temporary solution that can work for a while. You will reline them again and again until too much bone is gone to support them. A longer-term solution is implant dentures. Dental implants not only hold your dentures in place, they stimulate your bone it doesn’t get lost. Dental implants can even be used after you’ve been told you don’t have enough bone support your dentures.
Loss of Function
Your dentures also interact with your gums, tongue, cheeks, and jaw muscles. In order to function properly, all these tissues have to work together with your dentures, which may be easy at first, but as your bones are lost, it may be harder for these other tissues to do their part.
Then you’ll find that not only are your dentures slipping around, they’re not working as well as they used to. You might bite your cheeks or tongue more. You might find yourself spitting or drooling because your lips don’t close properly.
This is because, unlike your bones, your soft tissue doesn’t diminish after you lose your teeth. So you’re left with soft tissue that is out of proportion with your bones and teeth, which can impair function.
Appearance Suffers, Too
The disparity between your teeth and bones, which shrink, and your lips, muscles, and skin, which don’t affects your appearance as much as the function of your dentures. “Excess” skin has to hang down or fold over, creating jowls, turkey neck, deep folds and wrinkles in the lower third of the face, and an inward sinking of the lips known as sunken denture face.
We offer two different dentures that restore the balance between your tissues and help you achieve better function as well as a more youthful appearance. New You™ Dentures and FOY Dentures ® both solve problems caused by traditional dentures, using slightly different approaches. We can help you figure out which is the right one for you.