Why do dentures lose their shape?
Research has shown that once teeth are lost or removed, the jawbone gradually shrinks and changes shape. Additionally, the pressure of dentures on your gums over a long period of time can cause your gum tissue to become softer. The result is dentures that used to fit perfectly, but now feel loose and unstable.
At Wisconsin Smiles, we recommend that your dentures be checked for fit and comfort every year. During these routine checkups we may find that the denture has lost its proper fit and needs to be relined or remade. Your dentures may have been loose longer than you realize and lose their fit after about 5-10 years of use. By using dental adhesive, you may have masked the loose fit of your dentures for a long period of time.
However, using dental implants allows us to help slow done bone loss as well as erosion of the gums. Dentures are effective for esthetics, but they stress on top of the gums and jaw bone. Since dental implants are surrounded by bone, the chewing forces transfer this pressure into the bone, much like your natural teeth do.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they benefit your oral health, please call our West Allis dental office. We’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Monteagudo.
- Both of my parents have worn complete dentures for many years, as have my grandparents. Recently, I lost two of my teeth. Does this mean that I will eventually have to have dentures?
- I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?