WHAT ARE DENTURES
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available, complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether, from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Most people take the ability to eat and chew any type of food they desire and the ability to speak clearly for granted; however, missing teeth impacts both of these things. Getting dentures will make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth.
Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
- Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow-up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
WHY DO I NEED DENTURES
Partial Dentures: If you are missing some of your teeth and do not get partial dentures, the result could be the rest of your teeth quickly decaying rather quickly. Here are two main reasons that people get partial dentures:
- Aging: As you get older, you will find that you will gradually begin losing your teeth. Once you have lost a few of your teeth, you can get a pair of partial dentures. Having partial dentures, along with good dental hygiene, will help your remaining teeth to last much longer than if you would have opted to not get the partials.
- Accidents: We have all had accidents happen to us, whether it is work related, a car accident, or just goofing off with friends. Sometimes these accidents can result in a couple of teeth missing. You can get partial dentures put in to get your old smile back..
Full Dentures: Getting complete, full dentures is meant for total tooth loss. It is safe to say that not many people make it all the way through their life with all of their teeth intact. That is why this alternative was invented.
Complete dentures help bring back the healthy youthful smile in people, no matter what the situation. Two main reasons why people need full dentures are:
- Mouth Disease: If you do not take care of your teeth properly it is possible that your mouth may succumb to mouth disease. This can result in total tooth loss. You can get a full set of dentures for your mouth if your tooth loss is a result of bad dental hygiene.
- Aging: Tooth loss can, and will, naturally occur with old age. When you get to a certain age in life, it is entirely possible to lose all of your teeth. If this happens to you, a new set of complete dentures can bring back your pearly white smile in virtually no time.
BENEFITS OF DENTURES
Dentures are a great option for people who have lost some or all of their teeth, whether it was from gum disease, tooth decay or injury.
Dentures can boost confidence in a way that can change a person’s outlook on life. It can also make eating and speaking much easier. When you lose all of your teeth, your facial muscles can sag; thus, making you look older. Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much, and they may even improve the look of your smile.
One key benefit of fixed dentures is that you can do everything you would do in a normal day without the worry of your dentures coming loose.