When all the teeth are lost in one or both arches, a denture may be an option. A denture utilizes your gum tissue alone to support them. The upper denture relies on suction, whereas the lower denture does not have that potential, and relies on your mouth’s muscular coordination to keep it steady. Because of this, lower dentures are harder to wear for many.
With time and patience, you may learn to use the dentures with little effort. Many friends or family members may do very well with dentures, yet others struggle. Why is this? The anatomy in your mouth is as different from one person to another’s, just like the individuality of our faces. Suffice to say, some mouth features are more important for success in denture wearer’s than others. Prosthodontists are the dental specialists to determine who in the crowd will have little or no success with dentures.
The modern day implant was invented to help people avoid wearing a lower denture, or difficult situation with the upper denture. Swedish investigators in the late 60’s found that titanium was one material our bodies would accept, and form a long-lasting bond with bone. Since that time, combinations of lower implant prostheses in one arch and complete dentures in the upper arch has been the new “standard of care” in oral rehabilitation.
Either way, the creation of your smile with dentures offers many opportunities to obtain “the look” you always desired. Your friends should not be able to tell if you had your teeth “done” with veneers or just whitened!