What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. 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. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth —things that people often take for granted.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, you may be suffering from a major loss of confidence. After all, your smile is one of the first things new acquaintances notice about you. Missing teeth can impact your appearance in a major way, negatively affecting your career, your social life, and even your love life. That’s because losing all or most of your teeth can cause your facial muscles to sag, which ages your face significantly. Combined with missing teeth, facial sag can cause you to avoid social interactions that you used to enjoy. Luckily, dentures can get you photo-ready by filling in the space left by your missing teeth. The benefits of dentures include a beautiful, pearly white smile that may even rival the look of your teeth before you suffered from tooth loss. You’ll be ready for your close-up in no time.
IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE
If you’ve suffered from full or partial tooth loss, you know that everyday actions like chewing can be a major challenge. This can be extremely frustrating, especially since most of us take those actions for granted. Dentures make it much easier to go about your daily life, implementing natural suction to stay comfortably and securely in your mouth. That means you can once again enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about discomfort. With a bit of practice, you should be able to chew tough foods like meat, chewy foods like caramel, and everything in between. Dentures can also make it easier to speak clearly in ways that may have been challenging after tooth loss. The best part? At Advance Family Dental, we’re committed to helping you find the perfect denture fit, which means you shouldn’t need to use an adhesive to enjoy your dentures.
Dentures are available in full sets for individuals with more advanced tooth loss, and partial dentures are available for individuals who may just be missing a few teeth. Either way, dentures are a cost-effective treatment option, particularly when more natural teeth are present. Alternatives like dental implants are a possibility, but many patients choose to move forward with dentures, which are significantly more affordable. Dentures are a simple, cost-effective way to keep your smile looking beautiful, especially if you take extra care to keep your dentures looking great.
Although your dentures will eventually need to be replaced, they can last up to 10 years if cared for exceptionally well. Make sure to handle your dentures carefully, and always brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush. Clean them with a denture-safe solution each night when you go to bed. With a little foresight and special care, your dentures should last for years while maintaining their sparkling appearance.
What types of dentures are there?
Dentures may replace all or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are known as partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and also cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing. Dental implants can also be used to restore and stabilize partial dentures as well.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
Most patients need to learn how to use dentures properly and as a result, it takes a little time to get used to them. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Using a small amount of denture adhesive (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help stabilize the dentures and help hold them in place while you learn how to get comfortable with them and may make the learning process easier.