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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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