So what are Suction Cup Dentures?
Suction cup dentures effectively “suction” to the mouth to enable a secure fit. We line our suction cups with a layer of silicone material which adheres to the oral tissue without irritating.
This layer contains small bumps known as valves which when pressed into place, trap a small amount of moisture and air. When pressure is relieved, the denture will stay in place. It is the pressure created within the valves that causes the retention of the denture to the mouth.
How do they compare to traditional dentures?
We fit traditional dentures to the shape of the mouth by adjusting to the natural contouring. We achieve this by taking impressions so that a denture can be built specifically for you.
However, if you have been without natural teeth for a while, the bone that once supported your natural teeth begins to shrink away. As a result, the shape of your mouth becomes flatter. In these cases, there is very little for your denture to grip onto, which means it can slip or drop out of place. Because of this people often need to use a denture fixative to keep the denture in place.
Suction Cup Dentures are secured by their suction mechanism holding onto the surfaces in the mouth when placed. As a result, this removes the need for a fixative and leaves the wearer feeling more confident and comfortable.
Could I be a candidate for Suction Cup Dentures?
We can only offer suction cup dentures to those who are without natural teeth. We can fit these dentures to either upper or lower or both arches in the mouth.
Are you already a full traditional denture wearer and unhappy with the fit of your current denture?
Without natural teeth to anchor onto, a traditional denture will often require a fixative to stay secure and comfortable for an extended period. This is not always the case, but for those who experience this, it can cause a lack of confidence and can be uncomfortable to cope with long term. Suction Cup Dentures remove the need for fixative.
Have you been told that you don’t have enough bone to have implants placed?
Dental implants rely on there being a sufficient amount of bone within the jaw in which we secure them. If the bone has reduced too much, implants will often not a suitable option. Implants may also not be an option if you are unable to have surgery. Suction dentures are none-invasive and are not reliant on bone levels as they secure to the mouth whatever shape it is. If you fall into either of these categories, then suction dentures could offer you a good alternative.
Do you have delicate oral tissues such as a dry mouth due to medical reasons?
For those with delicate oral tissues such as those who suffer from a dry mouth, you may be unsuitable to receive Suction Cup Dentures. As stated earlier, our clinician will be able to assess your suitability for this type of denture. They will be able to recommend the best solution for you as there are other alternatives to offer.