In the past, dentures were a visible sign of aging—they could be obvious, and their lack of comfort was a regular reminder of their presence. But advances in dentistry have made them more discreet, more comfortable, and most importantly, more effective.
If you have multiple missing or damaged teeth, but have been reluctant to consider dentures as an option, now is the time to learn more. These aren’t your grandmother’s dentures.
How Modern Dentures Work
Dentures are permanent replacements for multiple (or all) missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, you can remove your dentures and put them back in whenever you want.
Dentures typically come in three different types:
- Conventional: Conventional, or full dentures, replace all of your teeth. Any remaining teeth are removed before their placement.
- Immediate: Immediate dentures are placed at the same time your remaining teeth are removed (otherwise you must wait for your gums to heal before conventional dentures can be placed).
- Partials: With partials, your remaining natural teeth serve as an anchor for a ‘partial’ dental appliance.
Are Dentures Right for Me?
The thought of getting dentures might be a little frightening. And before you make a decision, it is important to have a discussion with your dentist about the best solution for your dental health.
But, there are several warning signs to be aware of that could mean dentures are the answer. If you are already missing several teeth, consistently have difficulty eating chewy or hard foods, constantly experience swollen or bleeding gums, or your remaining teeth are becoming looser, dentures may be in order.
The Pros and Cons
While there is no perfect replacement for your own natural teeth, dentures offer an effective solution to widespread tooth loss.
- They are affordable, and most insurance plans will cover all or part of their cost.
- Dentures help support facial muscles that may suffer in the absence of natural teeth.
- They can improve your appearance and self-confidence, and reduce the pain of damaged or missing teeth.
- Dentures can take a while to become accustomed to.
- They may cause difficulty eating some foods or change your speech.
- They must be adjusted over time.
- Dentures don’t last forever—they will eventually need to be replaced.
What to Expect
Once you and your dentist have reached a decision regarding dentures, and which type of denture suits your needs, an impression will be taken of your mouth. A dental lab will use this impression to create a custom-fitted set of dentures out of composite acrylic material.
The dentist will help you make sure the dentures fit comfortably and remain in place. Adjustments may be necessary as your mouth adapts to holding the dentures. Your dentist will also instruct you on the proper care of the specific type of dentures you have. Just like your regular teeth, they should be brushed daily.
Making the decision to get dentures can be a major life change, but they can also greatly improve your quality of life, maintain your health, and boost self-confidence. Contact our office today to request a consultation and learn what solution is best for you.