Denture Fixatives vs Implants
How is Missing Teeth Affecting Your Life?
Missing teeth can have a significantly negative impact on your life. Normal daily activities such as eating, chewing, speaking clearly, or even smiling can prove to be very challenging to do with a few or all missing teeth – the difficulty of managing these activities can also translate to decreased self-confidence, and embarrassment as well.
Dentures can provide solutions for missing teeth problems. These dental appliances are used to bridge gaps or spaces caused by tooth loss, and can replace both the form and function of teeth that have been lost due to a variety of reasons.
“However, due to the removable nature of dentures, they can also result to problems with long-term use – especially if their once comfortable fit starts to loosen”.
How Loose Dentures Can Affect Your Life
Loose denture problems will not initially be apparent – when you first get to wear your dentures, they will fit snugly and very comfortably against your mouth and gums. The problem starts when gum tissue and bone deterioration (due to missing teeth) sets in, and the once comfortable fit of the dentures start to become loose, and move uncomfortably inside the mouth. Over a long period of time of using the dentures – coupled with the loss of natural teeth – the jaw bone and gums will gradually experience changes in structure and shape. The dentures that were once perfectly fitting will become loose, and will start to move around inside your mouth – even when you least want and expect them to.
Dentures that become ill-fitting may prove to be more problematic for you than their original goal of replacing missing natural teeth. What you have come to rely on as missing teeth replacements can result to numerous problems that can negatively affect the way you go about your normal daily activities – causing pain, frustration, and embarrassment for you.
Loose dentures can result to a number of problems, including:
- Pain and Discomfort – Loose dentures will have a tendency to move around uncomfortably and uncontrollably inside the mouth. When the hard material of the dentures rubs against your gums, they are prone to inflammation and the development of painful sores – which can become infected if not treated properly. The rubbing motion caused by loose dentures can also result to the formation of sores or ulcers in the soft inner lining of the mouth – where the dentures can also rub against uncontrollably.
- Problems with Speaking/Chewing – Loose dentures make it very difficult for you to speak clearly – since the uncontrollable movement of the dentures interferes with clear word pronunciation. Chewing and eating can likewise become uncomfortable and very challenging to do, especially with food items that are tough, chewy, or hard – with the movement of ill-fitting dentures. Have you tried biting on a hard piece of bread with loose dentures? If so, then you have an idea how painful and frustrating it can be!
- Clicking Sound – Loose dentures can produce unwanted clicking sounds as they move around inside the mouth. This can be quite worrying and embarrassing, especially since it will be difficult for you to control when or where the sounds from your loose dentures will suddenly make themselves heard.
- Loss of Self-Confidence – When you have loose dentures, you may find yourself becoming too self-conscious every time you need to open your mouth to speak, or even to smile. This is understandable, as there is a possibility that the movement of your dentures inside your mouth can be seen by others around you – and there is even that possibility that the dentures can fall out of your mouth completely! As a result, some people who have loose dentures may find themselves covering their mouths when they are speaking – or making a huge effort to keep their mouths closed most of the time, for fear of facing an embarrassing situation.
Fixing Loose Dentures the Traditional Way – with Denture Fixatives
Loose or ill-fitting dentures used to be fixed with the help of denture fixatives, which have adhesive properties that help the dentures create a better fit inside the mouth once more. Denture fixatives have ingredients that react with the saliva inside the mouth, forming an adhesive that firmly holds the dentures in place so that they do not move around.
Aside from their adhesive action, denture fixatives also work:
- As a barrier – so that small food bits or particles do not get stuck between your gums and the dentures. The denture fixative fills out the spaces where these small food pieces can go in between the dentures and the gums.
- To increase the biting force – it will be easier for you to confidently and successfully bite into harder food items with the help of denture fixatives, which can ensure that the dentures stay firmly in place.
- As protection from gum irritation – the denture fixative forms a layer between your gums and the dentures, so that the gums will not be irritated if and when loose dentures start to move inside the mouth once more.
However, although denture fixatives can help with the problem of loose dentures, they are still some problems associated with the use of these temporary adhesives. Some of these problems include:
- Bad taste – denture fixatives can have a very strong chemical taste and smell, which can be bothersome and interfere with the way food will taste like when you eat;
- Inconvenient – the daily hassle of having to put on the denture fixative on your dentures may be too much to handle, especially when you are in a rush to do other things;
- Messy – the denture fixative can be messy to handle, and can spread around uncomfortably inside the mouth. Excess denture fixative material can also contribute to discomfort, and can add to the problem of ill-fitting dentures.
- Temporary Fix – the adhesive power of the denture fixative is temporary, and will last for only a few hours; the suction or adhesive power can also be decreased when exposed to wetness.
Mini Dental Implants: Alternatives to Denture Fixatives
Dental implants provide effective solutions to missing teeth problems, and can permanently replace dentures to restore both the form and function of lost teeth. If you are constantly worrying about complete dentures that are ill-fitting, mini dental implants can be the solution to your problem. Mini dental implants can stabilise dentures that have become loose with the passage of time; these dental implants, which are smaller in diameter compared to traditional dental implants, are embedded directly into your jaw bone using a minimally-invasive procedure – and then attached securely to the dentures. The dentures are then prevented from moving around in an embarrassing and uncomfortable way inside your mouth – giving you the confidence and freedom to speak, eat, and smile without the continuous worrying.
Mini dental implants are great missing teeth solutions for those who are already using dentures as dental restorations – this is because the smaller size of these implants will be ideal for those who have thin jaw bone ridges, which can be caused by teeth that have been lost for a long period of time. If you do not have sufficient jaw bone structure to support a traditional dental implants treatment, mini dental implants to stabilise dentures are the ideal missing teeth solutions for you.
All on 4 Dental Implants as Denture Alternatives
All on 4 is a revolutionary dental implant placement technique using just four dental implants in a minimally invasive procedure. Two of the four dental implants used in the All on 4 method are placed at the back of the mouth, ensuring that the existing jaw bone is maximised (to eliminate the need for more complicated procedures such as bone grafting). After the placement of the All on 4 dental implants, they can then be attached to teeth restorations within the same day – in a single dental appointment, the prosthetic teeth attached to the All on 4 implants can effectively replace dentures as missing teeth solutions.
All on 4 implants can be used for both the upper and lower jaws, and can restore a full lower or upper arch of teeth – this makes the All on 4 dental implants an ideal alternative to removable dentures. The four dental implants are strategically embedded into areas of the mouth or jaw, making it possible for a new set of prosthetic teeth to be attached (to replace the dentures) within a single dental appointment – no need to wait for months for the dental implants to be healed completely! You can have the missing teeth solution that you need with a dental bridge supported by All on 4 implants, and stop worrying about the problems that loose dentures can bring to your life.
Benefits of All on 4 Dental Implants as a Permanent Denture Alternative
- Stability – All on 4 dental implants attached to a dental bridge are much more stable teeth replacements compared to dentures – as the dental bridge is firmly attached to the implants (which in turn are embedded directly into your jaw bone), there is no chance of the prosthetic teeth moving around inside the mouth. The stability of the dental bridge attached to All on 4 implants eliminates all the problems associated with your ill-fitting dentures. Removable dentures will have a tendency to move uncontrollably around the mouth, especially if they become loose with the passage of time.
- Less Invasive – The All on 4 implants treatment is completed using a minimally invasive procedure, without the need for more complicated steps such as a bone graft. You can enjoy the full benefits of the implants with the prosthetic teeth without having to undergo a complicated procedure, which may be the case when using traditional dental implants. The All on 4 dental implants technique will maximise your existing jaw bone structure with strategic implant positioning, so that additional (more complicated, and more expensive) procedures will not be needed as part of the dental implant treatment.
- Immediate Results – You can immediately enjoy the All on 4 implants as a permanent denture replacement, as the implants can be embedded into the jaw bone (and then attached to the dental bridge) within a single dental appointment. This means that you can look forward to a more stable, natural-looking smile within the same day that you went into your dentist’s office for the All on 4 implant treatment. Unlike a traditional dental implants treatment, you will not have to wait for a few months for the implants to be healed completely, before the prosthetic teeth can be attached – a situation which can leave you toothless for a long period of time, or stuck with temporary prosthetic teeth which may not feel entirely comfortable.
There is no need for you to endure the discomfort, frustration, and embarrassment of having to deal with loose dentures on a daily basis. All on 4 dental implants are ideal replacements for dentures that have become ill-fitting, giving you the missing teeth solutions that you need – without the problems associated with loose dentures. Prosthetic teeth attached to All on 4 implants can give you back the confidence to do normal daily activities without the anxiety of dealing with dentures that move around or fall out completely – so that you can enjoy your life to the fullest.