Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for hundreds of years. Today’s dentures are more realistic looking and more comfortable than ever. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, dentures might provide the best replacement option to restore your smile.
Deciding on Dentures
If you’re missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, the best course of action is to have them replaced as soon as possible. If you don’t, your other teeth will shift out of position to fill the available space, which can lead to long-term problems with your alignment. A partial or complete denture will help keep your remaining teeth in the correct position.
There are a few different types of dentures. You and your dentist will determine the best option for you based upon how many teeth you’ve lost, your personal preferences, and the overall health of your jaw. Possibilities include:
- Partial denture—used to replace a few teeth
- Full denture—replaces a full arc of teeth
- Implant-anchored denture—usually a full arc, made to attach to the abutments of a set of dental implants
If you have sufficient bone mass in your jaw, an implant-anchored denture can provide the most realistic-looking and -feeling option. If health factors make implants not an option, a full or partial denture is an excellent option. Improvements in the structure and materials of traditional dentures have made them more comfortable and effective than ever.
Caring for Dentures
With proper care, your dentures should last you for several years without a need for adjustment or repair. The basic guidelines for caring for your dentures include:
- Keep them moist
- Clean them regularly
- Avoid foods that could stain or break them
- Avoid bad habits that could cause chips or cracks
If your dentures become uncomfortable or begin to slip in your mouth, see your dentist. They might need to be relined so that the portion that rests against the gums fits more exactly. A pair of dentures should last several years before requiring any major adjustments. In the meantime, they will help you preserve your smile and the overall health of your remaining teeth.
Are you tired of hiding your smile? Contact our office to see how dentures can help you!