Lower denture wearers have long since struggled with conventional lower dentures that have been associated with a host of problems including looseness while speaking and eating, misalignment and movement when opening your mouth and general pain and discomfort throughout the day. These problems are rooted in the way the lower jaw functions as it has been difficult to achieve a complete seal as tongue and cheek movements are necessary. However, this all changed in 1999 when Dr. Jiro Abe revolutionised denture technology with his lower suction denture technique. Dr. Abe’s Suction Effective Mandibular Complete Dentures or SEMCD Dentures for short utilise the soft tissue in your mouth to create a stronger seal. Offering patients, a mandibular suction effective denture that actually stays in place when you need it to.
Everything you Need to Know About SEMCD Dentures
How do SEMCD Dentures Work?
Prior to Dr. Abe’s landmark breakthrough with lower suction dentures, patients often had to use dental adhesives to hold mandibular dentures in place for periods of time. Patients often complained that the taste of the adhesives lead to appetite loss and that the adhesives did not stay in place for very long, leading to constant need to reapply the adhesives. SEMCD Dentures do not require the use of dental adhesives or implants to stay in place but achieve this through perfect suction. Dr. Abe developed the lower suction denture technique where the impression method captured the natural shape of a patient’s oral cavity, because the dentures could now fit perfectly, a strong seal was formed creating the suction necessary to keep them in place.
How do SEMCD Dentures Differ from Conventional Dentures?
There are a two key differences between lower suction dentures and conventional dentures. In terms of design, conventional dentures tend to have a large and bulky base that can be heavy and uncomfortable. Lower suction dentures however have a streamlined base which tends to be lighter resulting in a more naturally feeling denture. In terms of stability, BPS suction dentures combine the thoroughly tested processes of BPS with SEMCD Dentures during the impression and fabrication process to create perfectly fitting dentures that offer air-tight seals. Conventional dentures on the other hand often sit on top of the bone and offer little to no stability unless implants or adhesives are used to keep them in place.
How are Lower Suction Dentures Made?
A mandibular suction effective denture is fabricated in much the same way as other BPS dentures in the lab, however the impression process is what makes SEMCD dentures truly unique. Patients who currently use a conventional denture will go through an initial assessment where their dental prosthetist will examine their current dentures, ask about their denture wearing experience and determine if the patient would benefit from changing to BPS suction dentures. A treatment plan will then be formulated and discussed with the patient.
The SEMCD denture process starts with a unique impression method where the soft tissue and bony structures are recorded to ensure greater accuracy and a better fit. While the patient still has the impression device in their mouth, the patient will be asked to make specific movements and sounds with their mouth, which are then captured by the impression material. It is this unique lower suction denture technique that gives SEMCD dentures their perfect fit and ultimately achieves the suction necessary to keep them in place. Once the impressions have been made, they will be sent off to the lab for fabrication and the patient will later be called for a try-in. The Dentures will be checked for balance and further adjustments may need to be made depending on the patient.
Are Lower Suction Dentures for You?
If you’ve struggled with loose fitting bottom dentures that are affecting the way you eat, talk, laugh and smile, changing to lower suction dentures will often show immediate benefits to most patients. Studies have found that Dr. Abe SEMCD Dentures will achieve effective suction in 80% of patients and patients that fail to achieve effective suction will still have a far superior denture compared to a conventional design. BPS Suction dentures utilise high-end materials, improved impression taking techniques, and a compact design to ensure a better fit for all patients. While SEMCD Dentures were initially developed to solve lower denture problems, they are also readily available for upper dentures. Patients will often find that SEMCD upper dentures improve their overall comfort and functionality when compared to that of their conventional dentures. Best of all, SEMCD Dentures require no surgery, implants or adhesives!
The SEMCD Dentures Certification Difference
Ensure your mandibular suction effective denture has been made with the same care and passion as it first was by Dr. Abe by choosing only certified SEMCD denture practitioners. SEMCD denture providers listed on this website are committed to providing the very best treatment to full lower denture patients. In addition to their general scope of practice, these practitioners have successfully undertaken further studies and have gained SEMCD certification enabling them to provide Dr. Abe SEMCD techniques in their respective practices.
All SEMCD certified practitioners providing SEMCD denture have undertaken:
- Hands on mandibular suction effective denture courses conducted by either Dr. Abe in Tokyo or Dr. Abe endorsed instructors in Australia and New Zealand.
- Clinical and technical courses in the Bio-functional Prosthetic System (BPS®).
- Presented three peer reviewed case studies showcasing successful SEMCD criteria.
Dr. Jiro Abe has endorsed the above criteria of qualification for the providers of SEMCD dentures.
Don’t let your lower dentures control the way you live your life. Find a certified SEMCD provider near you to make the switch to BPS Suction Dentures today to see how Dr. Abe’s lower suction denture technique continues to improve the quality of life for denture patients worldwide. If you cannot find your dental professional on the find a provider database, then it is highly likely they are not yet certified or qualified to provide a Dr. Abe Lower Suction Dentures.