An estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, with about 40 million of them having no remaining pearly whites. Because advanced tooth loss is such a common phenomenon, dental professionals have developed several different methods of replacing lose teeth, one of which being dentures. Today’s dentures are nothing like the ones your grandparents wore – they are infinitely more comfortable and lifelike. Keep reading to learn more about dentures and how they can benefit you.
The three main kinds of dentures are:
These are what your mind typically conjures when someone mentions the word “dentures.” Full dentures consist of a gum-colored acrylic base onto which an entire arch of ceramic teeth is anchored. They stay in place with a natural suction on the gumline, and denture adhesive if need be.
For patients who still have some healthy teeth remaining, we recommend a partial denture. Partials consist of a metal framework with as many ceramic teeth as you need to complete your smile. The metal clasps attach to your remaining teeth.
We also offer full or partial dentures secured by dental implants. We can place four to six of these durable titanium posts at strategic angles throughout your jawbone to provide enough long-lasting support for your new teeth. Implant-retained dentures should never lose their fit and have the potential to last for decades, unlike conventional dentures, which must be relined or replaced every few years.
If you’re missing a few teeth or even all of your teeth, dentures might be just the solution you need. For patients with no teeth left, we can place a full denture. Likewise, if you have a few teeth remaining, we can prescribe a partial. If there is any infection in your mouth, this will need to be addressed before your dentures are made.
In order to receive implant-retained dentures, you must be in adequate oral and overall health. If you have a condition that compromises your immune system, like uncontrolled diabetes or HIV/AIDS, or if you smoke, you’re at a greater risk of implant failure. We may also suggest undergoing a bone graft beforehand so that your jawbone is strong enough to support as many implants as you need to restore your smile.
Dentures, whether full or partial, allow you to enjoy life to the fullest again after tooth loss. They can restore your ability to smile with confidence and without embarrassing gaps in your grin. You’ll be able to eat a varied diet again. Since dentures can restore the majority of your former biting force, you’ll be able to absorb more nutrients from the food you eat. Lastly, dentures prevent problems that come from prolonged tooth loss, like drooping facial muscles and shifting of remaining teeth.
You may not be sure about which method is best to replace your missing teeth, but that’s okay; we can guide you through information about each option and perform an examination to help you navigate your choices. Contact Cosmetic and Family Dentistry of Weatherford, convenient to patients from Aledo, Brock, Millsap, Mineral Wells, Springtown, and beyond, to make an appointment with one of our dentists.
While dentures are one of the more affordable solutions to severe tooth loss, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many factors that can influence their overall price tag. These should be discussed with our dentists directly so that you have a better idea of what to expect when it comes time to finance care. The most influential factors are noted below as well as methods on how to cover costs for your convenience!
Losing your teeth is an unfortunate experience. From being unable to chew your favorite foods to missing out on having a confident smile, missing teeth in Weatherford can really impair your quality of life. Luckily, dentures provide an excellent alternative to suffering through having an incomplete smile. If you’re considering rebuilding your smile with dentures, we recommend reading through this list of frequently asked questions about them first.
Generally, traditional full and partial dentures last anywhere from five to seven years before they need to be replaced. However, you may have to get them relined every year or two. A reline is a procedure in which your dentist refills the gum-facing side of the denture with a new material to improve its fit. The reason this procedure is necessary is because, with conventional dentures, your jawbone is no longer stimulated by the roots of your teeth. It then begins to deteriorate, causing your gum tissue to change shape and your dentures to not fit as snugly as they once did.
Implant-retained dentures, on the other hand, can be expected to last significantly longer. While the false teeth themselves may have to be replaced every few years, the implants should remain within your jawbone for several decades, possibly even the rest of your life.
Eating with dentures is a skill that can take up to a few weeks to effectively master. It may help to adhere to a soft food diet in the beginning until you get more acquainted with the way your new teeth feel in your mouth. We also recommend cutting your food up into bite-sized chunks at first and chewing evenly with both sides of your mouth. As you get more used to chewing with dentures, you can gradually work your way up to larger bites. Eventually, eating with dentures should feel not that different from chewing with your natural pearly whites.
When handling your dentures, always hold them over a basin of water or a soft towel to minimize the chance that they’ll break if you drop them. Although you can sleep in your dentures, we highly suggest taking them out at night and let them soak in cold or lukewarm (never hot) water or denture cleanser. This also gives your jawbone and gum tissue an opportunity to rest after holding your dentures in place all day.
After you eat, run water over your dentures to remove food debris. Every morning and night, you should brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush (but no toothpaste, as that can be abrasive). Additionally, you should gently brush your tongue, gums, and palate every day to stimulate blood flow and reduce your chance of developing gum disease.
While the dentures your grandparents wore may have been noticeable, today’s dentures are individually designed to fit within your unique smile. We take detailed impressions to create the most realistic-looking teeth we can. Unless you go around telling people about your dentures, no one should be able to tell they’re not your natural teeth.