Are You Happy with How Your Dentures Fit?

Dec 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Dental Implants, Tooth Loss

Richmond dentistIf you wear dentures, then you probably are aware that your teeth work best when they are complete. If you’ve worn them for a while, however, then you may have noticed that they fit less tightly than they used to. Ill-fitting dentures, whether full or partial, are a common cause for denture discomfort. Richmond dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, explains how your dentures lose their snug grip over time, and how you can avoid denture slippage for life.

Why do Dentures Lose Their Fit?

If your loose dentures used to fit tightly, then you might assume that the problem lies with the dental prosthetic. Naturally, then, you would conclude that a better-made set of dentures would solve the problem. Unfortunately, the cause lies within your facial structure. The roots of your natural teeth are embedded in your jawbone. When you bite or chew, the stimulated roots signal your body to fortify the jawbone with nutrients. When you lose one or more teeth, the missing roots mean your body sends your jaw fewer nutrients. This deficiency causes your jaw to deteriorate, slowly changing its shape as it does (facial collapse). When your jawbone shrinks, your once-snug dentures will eventually lose their comfortable grip.

Secure Your Dentures and Prevent Jawbone Shrinkage

Traditional dentures are secured to your gum ridge using a special adhesive (for lower dentures) or the natural suction created by the roof of your mouth (for upper dentures). Because the dental prosthetics are precisely crafted to fit your specific curvature, facial collapse creates the need for dentures to be refitted or recrafted. The solution lies in dental implants, which mimic your natural tooth root. Composed of biocompatible titanium, dental implants are embedded into your jawbone and provide a foundation for your dentures that is as secure as healthy, natural tooth roots. Because your jawbone fuses to the implant, tooth root stimulation is restored and jawbone deterioration can be prevented.

Implant-Secured Dentures in Richmond

To learn more about securing your partial or full dentures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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