People who have lost some or all of their teeth need to have those teeth replaced, both for health and esthetics. Although the prospect of dentures might bring to mind visions of a set of teeth in a glass on the nightstand, today’s dentures are vastly improved.
The old-fashioned, square, fake-looking teeth of yesterday have been replaced with natural-looking tooth replacements. Patients today enjoy dentures that are comfortable and look and function quite well.
If you are facing the loss of some or all of your teeth, call Luecht Family Dentistry to find out more about how dentures can have you laughing, smiling, and eating comfortably again!
It can be devastating for patients to face the loss of all of their teeth, but it doesn't have to be and there are several reliable solutions. Two types of dentures, immediate and conventional, provide solid tooth replacements.
Immediate dentures are exactly what they sound like: They are immediately placed after all the teeth have been extracted. There is no healing time after the procedure, so patients do not have to go without teeth while they wait for the gums to heal.
The disadvantage is that the gums and jawbone will change shape through the healing process, so these dentures will have to be adjusted over time. Immediate dentures are usually considered temporary for this reason.
With conventional dentures, patients usually receive their appliance after a short wait following extraction. This gives the gums time to heal, and the dentures will fit better.
When just a few teeth are missing, partial dentures are a good option to fill in the gap left behind. These removable replacement teeth are attached to a pink plastic base that looks similar to the gums and clicks into place using clasps. Partial dentures do a good job in protecting the remaining teeth in the mouth from shifting, which could lead to the potential for further tooth loss.
Implant-supported dentures give patients the best of both worlds: the convenience and affordability of dentures combined with the stability and permanence of implants.
With implant-supported dentures, four dental implants are placed into the jawbone, and full dentures are crafted that lock into place over the implants. The result is dentures that are completely stable.
When dentures are supported by implants, patients have no worries about dentures that can shift while they speak, laugh, or eat.
There is another benefit to implant-supported dentures that many people might not be aware of: the prevention of facial collapse. Without tooth roots to stimulate the jawbone, denture wearers are subject to developing a sunken-in look around their mouth. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing this condition.
The Adjustment Period
There is a short period of adjustment with dentures, but after a while, most patients find them extremely functional. Eating soft foods and initially taking small bites can help with getting accustomed to eating with dentures. Gradually, a greater variety of your favorite foods can be added to your diet.
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Find out for yourself what kind of dentures are best suited for you. At Luecht Family Dentistry, we want to ensure your smile is healthy, functional, and natural looking. Call for your appointment now!