Do you suffer from a loose lower denture or have a family member who is having a rough time wearing their denture?
Unfortunately, this is a common problem. When all of the lower teeth are missing, little remains to stabilize or retain the denture.
An upper denture actually creates some suction on the roof of the mouth and will generally hold well. Not so, with the lower denture. First of all, the tongue has a tendency to displace it and because the surface area that the denture rests upon is generally narrow – there is little surface tension to hold it in place.
Many denture wearers have to rely on adhesives to keep their dentures from flopping around while they speak or eat. In a number of cases, even these adhesives fall short of their objective. Not to mention the fact that many patients find the adhesives unpalatable and some concerns have been recently raised about zinc sensitivities and copper deficiencies associated with these products.
Eating with full lower dentures can become difficult or even painful. Patients often opt not to wear their lower dentures at all out of frustration or embarrassment. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to eat certain foods that are needed for good nutrition and health.
Numerous remedies have been forwarded to solve the problem in addition to adhesives. For example, relines can create an improved fit but they still don’t overcome the inherent problems described above. Then, there are dentures that are designed to look like they have octopus suction cups on the bottom, dentures with valves to suck out the air that gets under them, and dentures that have little “wings” on them that hold the denture down by the weight of the tongue.
Probably the greatest advance in denture stability, however, has been the development of dental implants. If a person has enough bone that is of good quality (not too soft) to accept implants, little comes close to these to provide both retention and stability for a loose lower denture. Also, much of the pain associated with dentures moving around and creating sore gums is eliminated because the denture is actually supported by the implants.
But what if you have been told you are not a candidate for conventional implants because of insufficient bone? Countless patients have still been able to benefit from mini-implants.
These are extremely small (1.8 mm diameter) implants that can be used for critically needed support purposes. Mini-implants can and do serve as long-term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients for decades.
Because they are so narrow, they can typically be inserted directly through the overlying gum tissue into the bone underneath. This means that the procedure is generally much more comfortable for the patient because (in most cases) there is no need to surgically cut open the gum tissue – routinely required for standard implant cases. As a result, post-operative patient irritation and soreness is significantly reduced.
It should be mentioned that no implant system is fool-proof or has any guarantee of longevity. Such factors as poor oral hygiene, poor health, stress-inducing habits such as tooth grinding and clenching, smoking, poor health, osteoporosis, medications, and lack of follow-up care can all lead to potential failure of the implants. Compared to conventional implants, however, the cost of replacement is generally much smaller and with less bone loss and gum deterioration. Failures involving mini-implants are not unheard of, but are generally quite rare.
As you might expect fees vary from doctor to doctor and by geographic location. Generally, though, the fees tend to be a lot lower than for conventional implants – with similar results, less discomfort and much shorter waiting times. The best way to address the cost issue is to have an open and honest discussion about what fees may arise with the dentist of your choice.
Many dentists now consider an implant-stabilized lower denture the new “standard of care.” By choosing this option you are deciding upon an improved way of life that is free of so many of the heartaches and discomforts associated with loose, painful and ill-fitting dentures. Because people need to use their teeth each and every day of their lives, that’s worth a great deal.
By Richard J. Walicki, D.M.D
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Image by Internet Archive Book Images Identifier: boyaviatorstreas00gold Title: The boy aviators' treasure quest; or, The golden galleon Year: 1910 (1910s) Authors: Goldfrap, John H Subjects: Publisher: New York, Hurst Contributing Library: New York Public Library Digitizing Sponsor: MSN View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: ossible for her toanchor in that depth of water, as her crew could neverhave got up the mud-hook by hand. The weather promised to be clear, and a consulta-tion of the barometer showed the Instrument to beabsolutely steady. After breakfast the next day,therefore, the work of erecting the Golden Eagle at seawas begun. First the pontoons were lowered over theside and the boys, working from the Bolos dory, con-nected them by the rigid vanadium steel frameworkprovided for that purpose, and which fitted intobrackets bolted to the sides of the tubes themselves.When connected up they formed a sort of catamaranwith a space of about twenty-five feet intervening be-tween them. The chassis of the Golden Eagle, w^hichwas in sections, was then erected on a frameworkpreviously built and which was attached to the float-ing pontoons. This work occupied the greater part of Itwo days, and impatient as Frank was to be off, hewould not allow it to be slighted. The wing-supporting framework rising from the Text Appearing After Image: Erecting the Golden Eagle on the pontoons. TOR, LENOXTILDEM FOUKDATIONS BOY AVIATORS TREASURE QUEST. 201 chassis next engaged the young workmens attention,each part being screwed to the other and fixed in placewith nuts locked by a spring devised for the purposeby Frank. This was necessary, as the incessant jarringof an aeroplanes powerful engines will work loosethe most tightly screwed on nut if it is not locked,and, of course, the working loose of even a minor parton an air craft is a serious proposition indeed. Thevanadium steel quadrangle being in place, the nexttask was to adjust the wide stretching wing-framesof the big plane. This was a tough job, but the boysmanaged to overcome the tendency of the floatingcraft to capsize under the uneven burden by placinga raft made of boards from the cabin floor of theBolo under each wing tip as it was screw^ed inplace. Of course, as soon as the frames were bolted on oneither side and the weight was equalized, the aeroplanebalanced on her po Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.
Torre pendente di Pisa
Image by Rodrigo_Soldon La cosiddetta torre pendente di Pisa (chiamata semplicemente torre pendente o torre di Pisa) è il campanile della Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, nella celeberrima Piazza dei Miracoli di cui è il monumento più famoso per via della caratteristica pendenza. Si tratta di un campanile a sé stante alto circa 56 metri, costruito nell'arco di due secoli, tra il dodicesimo e il quattordicesimo. Pesante 14.453 tonnellate, vi predomina la linea curva, con giri di arcate cieche e sei piani di loggette. La sua pendenza è dovuta ad un cedimento del terreno verificatosi già nelle prime fasi della costruzione. L'inclinazione dell'edificio attualmente misura 5° rispetto all'asse verticale. La torre di Pisa rimane in equilibrio perché la verticale che passa per il suo baricentro cade all'interno della base di appoggio. ______________________________ A torre pendente de Pisa (em italiano Torre pendente di Pisa), ou simplesmente, Torre de Pisa, é um campanário (campanile ou campanário autônomo) da catedral da cidade italiana de Pisa. Está situada atrás da catedral, e é a terceira mais antiga estrutura na praça da Catedral de Pisa (Campo dei Miracoli), depois da catedral e do baptistério. Embora destinada a ficar na vertical, a torre começou a inclinar-se para Sudeste, logo após o início da construção, em 1173, devido a uma fundação mal construída e a um solo de fundação mal compactado, que permitiu à fundação ficar com assentamentos diferenciais. A torre atualmente se inclina para o sudoeste. A altura do solo ao topo da torre é de 55,86 metros no lado mais baixo e de 56,70 metros na parte mais alta. A espessura das paredes na base mede 4,09 metros e 2,48 metros no topo. Seu peso é estimado em 14 500 toneladas . A torre tem 296 ou 294 degraus: o sétimo andar da face Norte das escadas tem dois degraus a menos. Antes do trabalho de restauração realizado entre 1990 e 2001, a torre estava inclinada com um ângulo de 5.5 graus, estando agora a torre inclinada em cerca de 3.99 graus. Isto significa que o topo da torre está a uma distância de 3.9m de onde ela estaria, se a torre estivesse perfeitamente na vertical ______________________________ The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry. Although intended to stand vertically, the tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction. The height of the tower is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the low side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 4.09 m (13.42 ft) and at the top 2.48 m (8.14 ft). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is 3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in) from where it would stand if the tower were perfectly vertical
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