I am missing all my teeth and I have worn a denture for years. I just hate how uncomfortable it is. It hurts the roof of my mouth and feels so fake. I heard someone talking about a soft denture. That sounds like a dream to me. Is it soft and pliable? If so, I bet that would be much more comfortable. Let me know if you have ever heard of this?
– Bonny in Florida
If you are referring to a denture with a soft lining, then yes there is a “soft denture”. Sometimes after an individual is missing all their teeth, tiny bumps develop along the jaw. Bony ridges can make a denture extremely uncomfortable to wear. A soft liner will better fill those places along your lower jawline and will likely be a more comfortable solution. That said, they tend to be more expensive and don’t have as long of a lifespan. Also, there are additional hygiene techniques that must be done to keep the appliance clean.
As for the top portion of the denture, there is not a soft, pliable liner available. This is because a denture needs to be able to maintain it’s shape in order to fit properly. Also, the firmness aides in chewing.
Has your dentist ever discussed incorporating dental implants into your treatment plan? There are appliances called snap-on dentures or a hybrid implant appliance that will replace the top portion that goes on the roof of your mouth. Dental implants provide patients with increased stability which improves chewing efficiency, a well as preventing facial collapse. Ask your dentist about dental implants and if you are a candidate. They are more expensive but the quality of life that is improved is priceless. Thanks for your question.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.