The average American adult from the ages of 20 to 64 has lost at least three teeth! It’s not just a senior citizen concern, tooth loss can happen to anyone regardless of their age.
Many people with missing teeth feel self-conscious about talking or smiling, making dentures key to restoring social confidence. If you are missing one or several teeth, consider getting fitted for a comfortable, natural-looking set of dentures at Tolley Dental.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are custom-made prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth. The prosthetic teeth are made from resin or porcelain, while the framework can be made from acrylic resin or nylon. While these replacements won’t feel as comfortable as real teeth, they can help correct the sunken cheeks and drooping face caused by tooth loss – they also improve chewing and pronunciation for those with missing teeth.
The Four Kinds Of Dentures
During your dental appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and present different dentures. Each one has a varying degree of comfort and necessary maintenance, and the best option will depend on the state of your dental health. Here are the four kinds of dentures you can choose from.
Removable partial dentures are made of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base. Designed to only fill gaps for missing teeth, these can be unclipped and adjusted when necessary.
Also called complete dentures, these are made up of lower and upper denture sets that rest on your gum tissue. They are secured using a dental adhesive, and can last anywhere from five to ten years with proper care.
These are a kind of partial denture made out of softer nylon bases. They are less likely to shatter when they’re dropped. They also take less time to make than traditional dentures, so you can start wearing them sooner. While they’re more comfortable, they are more prone to bacterial build-up.
Temporary dentures can immediately be fitted after tooth removal. Also called immediate dentures, they help patients adjust to denture use while waiting for their permanent dentures to be fitted. By getting temporary dentures, you don’t have to worry about being seen with missing teeth, or enduring difficulty in chewing and eating.
When Should You Consider Getting Dentures?
Even if you get regular check-ups, it’s best to have your teeth evaluated for any oral health issues before considering dentures. Here are some warning signs that you need to consult a dentist, and may have to get fitted for dentures.
- You have gaps between your teeth, or have loose teeth that are starting to shift.
- You hide your smile because of damaged or missing teeth.
- You have chronic tooth pain.
- Your gums are swollen, bleeding, or sore.
- You have difficulty chewing food.
Alternatives To Dentures
A dentist will typically recommend that you get fitted for dentures if you have several missing or damaged teeth. However, some people find dentures uncomfortable to wear while they talk or eat. Here are some of the alternatives Tolly Dental can use to restore your smile without dentures.
This is the most common alternative to dentures. Dental implants are fixtures that act as anchors to secure replacement teeth. They need to be implanted through surgery, and will take around three to six months to properly bond with your jawbone. Once fully bonded, these are a durable alternative that can last a lifetime if you take care of them.
Permanent and non-removable, they’re very comfortable for speaking and eating. However, you need to have enough supportive bone in your jaw and healthy gums to be a candidate for dental implants.
Dental bridges are recommended in cases where patients are only missing a single tooth. A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth held in place on both sides by crowns or implants. Dental bridges won’t slip while you eat or talk. However, healthy adjacent tooth structures have to be removed in order to place a dental bridge.
Designed to be fitted over the top of your tooth roots with dental implants, overdentures are an option for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth. Overdentures don’t move while talking or chewing, making them an appealing alternative to dentures.
Let Tolley Dental Help Restore Your Smile!
Tooth loss has a negative impact on self-esteem and makes it difficult for people to eat or speak. Thankfully, dentures can give you a full set of teeth again, restoring your looks and your dental health in an affordable way.
Schedule an appointment at Tolley Dental! We can conduct a full oral check-up and determine what kind of dentures are best suited for you and your lifestyle.
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