All about Dentures….
The benefits of dentures include increased function and an improved appearance. Additionally, because dentures are removable, many patients find that they are easier to clean than natural teeth and other dental appliances.
- Cosmetic Benefits: The cosmetic benefits of dentures are obvious. They fill in gaps left by missing teeth so patients feel more confident about their appearance. Dentures can replace missing teeth or teeth that were in poor condition, prevent further shifting of remaining teeth, support facial structure and integrity, and increase patients’ self confidence.
- Functional Benefits: Dentures offer a range of functional benefits to patients. Dentures allow patients to eat the foods they want, improve speech (after patients get used to wearing dentures), and typically lasts between five and 10 years (with proper care).
- Price: Dentures tend to be the least costly solution for replacing missing teeth. Alternative treatment options such as dental bridges or implants are generally more expensive and require more extensive treatment. However, dental bridges and implants do offer a better fit, increased comfort, better chewing ability, and a more natural appearance. For these reasons, dentures-wearers may want to ask their dentists about these alternative treatment options. Your dentist can let you know if you are a good candidate for dentures, dental bridges, or implants, and let you know the cost of these options.
Types of Dentures
Dentists can fit you with full or partial dentures, depending on whether you are missing all of your teeth or just a few of your teeth. Learn more about the different types of dentures that are currently on the market.
- Full Dentures: Full dentures are for those patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both. Full dentures restore confidence in one’s appearance, and help the wearer to speak and eat normally.
- Partial Dentures: For those who have lost some teeth, but don’t want to get dental implants or bridges, partial dentures are an affordable option. Removable partial dentures are held in place by natural teeth, gums, and a connective structure made of plastic and metal.
- Conventional Dentures: Conventional dentures are those that are placed once the bones and gums have healed after the removal of natural teeth. While there is a waiting period that can be frustrating, the dentures normally fit properly the first time. Conventional dentures are also the most affordable dentures option.
- Immediate Dentures: Immediate dentures, as the name implies, are placed as soon as the natural teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the patient need not face the world without teeth, can eat normally much sooner than with conventional dentures, and does not have the speech problems associated with the normal denture process. However, since healing of the gums and jaw will change the fit of immediate dentures, the patient will typically need a new set in about six months.
- Natural Looking Cosmetic Dentures: Instead of traditional plastic prosthetic teeth, natural looking cosmetic dentures are made with modern ceramic porcelain teeth. The dentures are usually individually crafted, and look more like real teeth than the plastic variety. Cosmetic dentures also have a more natural looking support structure, and though they may cost a bit more than conventional dentures, they are truly difficult to distinguish from real teeth.
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