Do you know if it is possible to get soft dentures for the upper part? I have complete dentures, but the plate (I think that is what they call it) at the top is hard. Not only is that uncomfortable but sometimes the feeling makes me gag and I can’t even keep them in.
I am sorry you are dealing with this. Many patients struggle with dentures. Not just with the upper plates, but with the food that gets under them, with the slipping and sliding, and with the difficulty chewing. There are some soft liners that will help patients that have a bony ridge where the lower denture sits. However, there isn’t a soft plate for a denture.
Implant Overdentures Solve this Problem
While that may sound disappointing, I do have a solution for you. Your best option is to have some dental implants placed and then have your dentures anchored to them. These are called implant overdentures. This eliminates the problem you have with the plate because the plate is unnecessary. You will find that not only do you not have to worry about the plate, but that your quality of life goes up tremendously. You will even be able to eat whatever you want again, including steak!
One of the most important benefits, however, is the protection to your jawbone. When your teeth were removed, your body began resorbing the minerals in your jawbone perceiving that they were no longer necessary to retain your teeth roots. After ten or so years, there will no longer be enough jawbone left to even retain the dentures you currently have. This is known as facial collapse.
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