While dentures are a solution for many with missing teeth, one of the downsides to traditional dentures is their tendency to come loose and slip off the gums. This can make eating, speaking and even smiling very difficult for patients.
A common solution for slippery dentures is the use of denture adhesives. These adhesives usually come in two forms: paste and powder. They can provide stability and a sense of security for many patients, including those who suffer from dry mouth or who put extra stress on facial muscles. Adhesives should only be used under the direction of a dentist, however, and should not be implemented as a solution for ill-fitting dentures.
Unfortunately, adhesives only last for so long before they need to be reapplied and often don’t fully secure dentures. That’s why many dentists today are recommending dentures secured by dental implants.
Dental implants are essentially tooth root replacements anchored in the jawbone. Implant-secured dentures can be snapped into place on the gums and snapped off when you’re ready to go to sleep. Just like dental implants act and function as natural tooth roots providing a solid foundation, an implant-retained denture will feel and look more like your natural teeth.
At Austin Oral Surgery, our surgeons have extensive experience and training in dental implant treatment. If you’re suffering from slippery or loose dentures, talk to your dentist and ask if implant-retained dentures are right for you. For more information on dental implants, contact Austin Oral Surgery today.