Denture patients with atrophied jaw bones are best treated with the placement of denture soft liners.
The major problem noted is the mandible.
The earlier in life the denture is received the greater the chances the jaw bone is inadequate to support a denture.
As the bone wears the Mental nerve in the mid-jaw region is compromised.
It will not tolerate the pressure of the denture resting in this area very well.
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Try as we may the atrophied ridge presents many problems for the dental community.
Think of a patient in a wheel chair who’s legs are no longer used for walking, muscle and bone have started to atrophy.
In the same way after we lose our teeth the bone structure of the jaws starts to diminish.
The natural teeth are vital for the integrity of the jawbone and play a role in initial stages of the digestive process.
Dental implants are valuable because they maintain the integrity of bone and support the dental prosthesis.
Patients are advised to get their dentures examined once each year.
Tartar and stain form on the acrylic denture bases the same way it forms on the natural teeth.
The check-up visit is a great opportunity to remove these by-products adhering to the denture base.
Home care requires a light cleansing of the permanent soft liner with a soft toothbrush.
Effervescent commercial cleansers sanitize the denture.
A good treatment for the atrophied ridge is a well fabricated denture with a permanent soft liner included to reduce pressure and stress on the diminished ridge.
Another strategy is to place implants in the lower jawbone allowing the denture to firmly snap into place over the lower jaw.
In many offices a rule of thumb is to remake the dentures within a 5 year period.
Loose ill-fitting dentures tend to cause greater wear of the bone structure.
We encourage patients to lightly brush away stain forming on the denture after a soft liner has been placed.
It is also recommended to follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding soaking a denture base after a soft liner has been placed.
When the denture is not worn, store the denture with a soft liner dry.
Under normal conditions dentures without soft liners should be stored in moisture.
The soaking cup is the best place to store the denture.
If a denture adhesive is used make your goal to place small increments of the adhesive as directed on the package.
Get greater support in dentures by consulting a dentist about the placement of permanent denture soft liners after the jawbone has diminished from years of wearing dentures.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. http://dentist4you.biz