Remember YouTube videos of an old lady blowing out the candles on her birthday cake and startling everyone with her full dentures that fly out of her mouth?
Well, that could likely be a thing of the past. Back in days of old during our parents (for those who older) or grandparents time when access to dental care was limited and the common wisdom then was to pull out any tooth which was decaying or hurting, many older folks now rely on full dentures to eat and talk.
Why Traditional Dentures Do Not Last?
The problem is that once a tooth is extracted, the bone starts to resorb, kind of like your muscles when you don’t use them, they shrink and get smaller. What this means is that as denture patients get older, they lose more bone. The dentures which typically sit on the gums covering the bone will not fit so well after 2 to 3 years, which is the reason these old folks need to make a new set of dentures every 2 to 3 years.
But what happens when there is no more bone or very little bone to make a new set of dentures? They end up with ill-fitting and loose dentures, particularly on the lower jaw, and you end up like the lady in the YouTube video with flying dentures.
How Are Implant-supported Dentures A Better Solution?
With implant-supported dentures, this can all be a thing of the past. Imagine being able to eat a steak or chew on nuts again? With just two implants placed on each arch of your upper and lower jaws, these loose-fitting dentures can be modified to “clip onto” these implants and give you back dentures which are tight, giving you the chance to once again enjoy your food and speak with confidence, not to forget rest secure that your dentures are not going to fly out of your mouth while blowing out your birthday candles.
The cost of surgery to place the implants can be covered by Medisave and this results in topping up a very affordable amount of just above $2k to give you dentures which are tight and secure, leading to more confidence whilst eating and speaking.
16 August 2022, Tooth Stories Team