By Dr. Alina, May 4 2015 04:16AM
My passion for dentures has come from my time in dental school. I took an elective course at the VA Hospital under the supervision of the most inspiring professor, who ended up being one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. His passion for every little detail, groove, bump and edge was mesmerizing. Giving patients back the look of a normal face and letting people show their teeth when they smile is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever had. Comments such as; “Wow! These look like my original teeth!” always make my day so much brighter.
My real purpose in writing this blog is that I want to tell you what research now proves with what happens with the bone under the dentures. The longer that a patient goes without NATURAL teeth the more the bone resorbs, which means it is difficult for the denture to adhere because there is no bone to support it. There will also be a decrease in the support for the lips, cheeks and the distance between the upper and lower teeth will decrease.
A good alternative to natural teeth are implants, especially in patients with the need for an overdenture. Implant placement to anchor an overdenture or fixed appliance alleviates bone loss and provides an extremely stable prosthesis. A traditional denture may seem like the most affordable option, but the long term costs and benefits of the traditional denture vs. the implant denture should always be considered.