How a Single Arch Denture Is Often Better Than Dentures for Both Arches
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Todd Jorgenson
|We have patients that come in with their teeth in all different stages of problems.
Some have perfectly good front teeth, but their back teeth have decayed to the point that they need replacement, and others have problems all around their mouth. When we evaluate our patient to determine the best course of treatment, we look at many factors before offering the patient their options.
When it comes to dentures, we look at both sets of teeth, the upper and lower. What is most important when looking at the remaining teeth is the shape the remaining teeth are in. Your natural teeth are very important and keeping these teeth, or as many of them as possible is our aim. Aside from the fact that removing all of your natural teeth can change the shape of your jawbone, nothing can withstand the pressure of eating like your natural teeth.
So How Do You Decide?
When you have both arches replaced with dentures, you chewing efficiency decreases significantly. Not only are there foods you can't eat, but you also may not be able to macerate the food you do eat to achieve the maximum benefits of the vitamins they provide.
When we evaluate your teeth, we prefer to replace the upper arch rather than the lower arch, if it is possible to save portions of either one. Your lower jaw is dynamic. It moves when you talk, open your mouth, sing or even make funny faces. This can make lower dentures less stable than dentures on your upper arches.
Your tongue can also interfere with dentures placed on your lower arches. Most people don't think about it, but if you are considering replacing your teeth, pay a little attention to where your tongue is most of the time. Lastly, there is less support on your lower jaw for a denture. That doesn't mean it can't be done, but the question is what is better for you.
If you would like an evaluation or further information, please contact us. We are happy to help with your decision.