Why Are Lower Full Dentures Sometimes More Loose Than Uppers?

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Dentures are a great way for patients to rejuvenate their smile affordably. When all of a patient’s teeth are missing in an arch, dentures are often the first option considered to replace the teeth. This restoration is typically made of medical-grade acrylic and is formed to fit over the gums. The artificial teeth restore patients’ chewing efficiency, appearance, and ability to talk and perform other oral functions and activities. However, many patients who have dentures on their lower arch may find that they have trouble with their cosmetic denture. Knoxville area dentist Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts understands the frustrations of lower full dentures not staying in place nearly as well as upper dentures, and has a solution.

The lower jaw is more susceptible to loose-fitting dentures because there is less structure on the lower jaw to keep the denture in place. Stabilization of a lower denture can be assisted with the use of denture adhesives, but patients may still find that even the lifting of their tongue may result in the shifting of their lower denture. This can be extremely frustrating for patients.

In order to avoid this complication, Dr. Foncea will often suggest using dental implants to secure the cosmetic denture. Knoxville practices can surgically place several dental implants into the patient’s jawbone that will be integrated with the denture to provide a way for the denture to snap into place and find a secure footing. The dental implants can help provide strength and stability to both upper and lower full dentures.

If you have an unstable lower full denture and are looking for an alternative, consider implant-supported dentures. This can help you feel more secure that your denture will stay firmly in place no matter what the day brings! Call Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts in Knoxville today to schedule a consultation and learn more as to what can be done for denture stabilization.

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