Dentures

BREAKTHROUGHS IN MODERN DENTISTRY

If you’re seeking ways to restore your smile, advances in dental technology have made accomplishing this goal easier than ever. Let’s face it, there is an inherent feeling of insecurity that comes with having missing teeth. In fact, this feeling has negatively affected the professional and personal lives of many people. So, it makes sense that these same individuals would want to look for ways to improve their dental problems, and, in doing so, many are turning to dentures. These dental appliances can not only restore your smile, but also your confidence.

FORM AND FUNCTION

A beautiful smile is only one byproduct of dentures. In addition to improved aesthetics, these devices can improve chewing and speech. The ability to make sounds hinges on the tongue’s ability to make contact with the teeth in our mouths. So, if some of our teeth are missing, the tongue has nothing to make contact with, meaning speech will invariably be impacted. Dentures, whether full or partials, can resolve this problem while also providing a much stronger chewing surface.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT DENTAL APPLIANCE

How do you choose the right denture? Well, there are several to choose from, and you will want to base your decision on the condition of your teeth. Through a dental evaluation, your dentist can make recommendations based on the strength of your jawbone and the number of missing teeth. That being said, these dental appliances can be securely attached (provided you have enough bone) with dental implants, held in place with crowns or completely removable.

Once a decision has been made between fixed and removable, the next step is choosing between a full or partial denture. Of course, the extent of your tooth loss will play a critical role in this decision-making process. If a large percentage of your teeth are missing, full dentures may be warranted. On the other hand, if you’re only missing a few teeth, partials may suffice.

IMPLANTS VERSUS TRADITIONAL

As previously stated, implants will only work if you have enough bone to support them. This is due to a screw having to be put into your bone as the base for the tooth replacement on top. However, they are about as natural as you can get to real teeth. Implants give you natural-looking and -feeling teeth that are more stable solutions to missing teeth. If you don’t have enough bone, or if you have poor bone density, however, the traditional denture may be a better option for you. Also, if cost is a factor, the traditional denture alternative is usually less expensive.

We recommend consulting with your dentist to see which option would be best for you, and then creating a treatment plan to get started. Call our office today to make your appointment and get your confidence back!