I hate my dentures. It’s hard to chew and my gag reflex isn’t working at all with the hard plate. Is there a way to switch to a soft denture? Then, is there anything which can help with the difficulty of chewing?
There are soft liners that can fit on the upper dentures which help people that have a bony ridge. But there aren’t currently any soft dentures. Even the soft liners have their problems. They don’t last as long and need to be replaced quite a bit. As for the chewing problems you’re having. Even the best fitting dentures reduce your chewing capacity by 50%.
I am going to recommend something completely different for you. Has your dentist spoken with you about implant overdentures? These use about four to six dental implants and then a denture is anchored to them. Because they are anchored, there is no need for a plate at the roof of your mouth at all. You’ll also find your chewing capacity is restored. However, the biggest benefit is that it will prevent you from developing facial collapse.
How Implant Supported Dentures Prevent Facial Collapse
When your teeth were removed, your body immediately began resorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body. While it is doing this to be most efficient in its use of minerals, the slow leeching of your minerals has the side effect of slowly shrinking your jawbone.
After ten years or so, there will not be enough jawbone left to even retain your dentures. Your body doesn’t see this as a problem because it knows you no longer have teeth, therefore you don’t need bone to support those teeth.
Implant overdentures prevents this because the implants serve as prosthetic tooth roots. This allows your body to interpret that as you still having teeth. Therefore, it leaves your jawbone completely intact.
This blog is brought to you by Atlanta Periodontist Dr. David Pumphrey.