Dentures
Tooth loss is one of the most common types of dental problems found throughout the world. Even if you practice proper oral hygiene at home, tooth loss is sometimes unavoidable. Some common reasons why people lose their teeth include old age, gum disease, dental trauma and cavities. When dealing with tooth loss, you have several treatment choices at your disposal, including dental implants, dental bridges and dentures.
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Dentures

In comparison to restorative alternatives, dentures provide a very basic and inexpensive solution to missing teeth. So you should definitely consider dentures, along with all of your other treatment options.

Dental Implants

If you are only missing one or two teeth, dental implants should also be on your radar. Although they are more expensive than dentures, they offer some unique advantages, including:

 

  • Will not slip in the mouth. Firmly anchored within the jawbone itself.
  • Provides the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.
  • Allows you to bite down and chew normally without giving up any of your favorite foods.

Should last for a lifetime if you care for them properly.

Types of Dentures

Depending on how many teeth you have lost, you may consider the following types of dentures:

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are for those who have lost all of their teeth. They are worn over the gums and are easy to put on and take off. They need to be taken out prior to sleeping, and must be cleaned regularly.

Partial Dentures

If you have some remaining natural teeth, you should consider partial dentures. They are for replacing a few teeth and, like complete dentures, they are very easy to put in and remove.

Immediate Dentures

If you are planning to have some teeth extracted, your dentist may recommend that you get immediate dentures. This type is placed right after natural teeth are extracted. Both the extractions and placement can be performed in only one dental appointment.

Implant-Supported Dentures

This type of denture resolves one of the most common problems with dentures: slipping. Implant-supported dentures are supported by a dental implant that is firmly anchored within the jawbone. This type of denture feels more stable and natural within the mouth.

Consultation

The first step to getting dentures is to take part in a consultation with your dentist. They will answer any of your questions about dentures and also inform you about your treatment alternatives, like bridges and dental implants.

Initial Fitting

Once impressions have been made, your dentures are created and ready for fitting. They will be placed within your mouth to find out how they fit at this initial stage.

Final Fitting

At this point, your dentist will be analyzing the general fit of the dentures within your mouth and learn how comfortable they are for you. If they are uncomfortable, adjustments can be made, although you must consider that dentures will feel somewhat unusual within your mouth until you have time to get used to them.

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