Will a palateless denture work for me? I’ve worn dentures for 10 years, and they have always been uncomfortable. The feel of the upper denture on the roof of my mouth is so annoying. I wish I could take the denture off when I eat, but then I couldn’t chew. I’m frustrated. I’ve been researching my options and wonder if a palateless denture would work for me or if it’s too late. Thanks. Akeel
Many denture wearers share your concerns.
What Is a Palateless Denture?
A palateless denture is a horseshoe-shaped upper denture that fits over your gums without covering your palate (roof of your mouth). It is less bulky than a complete denture.
Will a Palateless Denture Work for You?
A palateless denture may work for you if you have good oral health and have not experienced significant jawbone shrinkage, which occurs when all your teeth are missing. Shrinkage occurs because tooth roots and chewing stimulate the bone; without teeth, your body resorbs the bone. You may need bone grafting before you can get a palateless denture.
Types of Palateless Dentures
Palateless dentures are available with or without dental implants. Either option increases your ability to taste food. What are the differences?
Palateless dentures without dental implants
Palateless dentures are available without dental implants. However, your specialist will determine whether you can benefit from this option. How does it compare to an implant-supported denture?
- Less stability than an implant-supported denture
- Easy to dislodge from your gums, especially if you have experienced jawbone shrinkage
- Requires dentures adhesives to stay in place
- Does not stimulate the jawbone
Palateless dentures with dental implants
If you choose a palateless denture with dental implants, you can expect the following:
- Much more stable than a denture without implants
- May require bone grafting if you have significant jawbone shrinkage
- No more sliding around or falling out because it is attached to dental implants
- Stimulates the jawbone to prevent shrinkage
An exam and evaluation of your oral health will help a prosthodontist (tooth restoration and replacement specialist) determine whether you qualify for a palateless denture with or without dental implants. The specialist will explain your options and what to expect. Schedule a consultation with at least two prosthodontists to compare your options.
San Antonio dentists Dr. Gilberto Tostado and Dr. Karina Acuña sponsor this post.