Are you suffering from extensive tooth decay, gum disease or tooth loss? Are you just about to throw in the towel and give up?
Before you call it quits and switch permanently to a soft or liquid diet, you might want to consider an alternative.
Dentures are removable appliances that will replace either some or all of your missing teeth.
They will make eating and speaking much easier than without teeth, something many people take for granted.
Most of us probably remember one of our grandparents taking their teeth out after dinner. You might still be able to picture them sitting in a glass of water soaking while you all sat down to Thanksgiving Dinner.
And while modern full sets of dentures may bear some resemblance to Grandpa’s, great strides have been made to make them function better and fit more comfortably.
They are usually constructed in about 3-4 weeks and typically take four fittings to make sure they fit correctly and function properly. Prior to final fabrication, we go through an extra step called a wax try-in which allows you a way to view the new dentures prior to completion.
There are a few options available depending on what your needs are.
One of the great inventions of our time, it’s no longer necessary to have your remaining teeth removed if you lose only a few of them. Now, you can replace only those missing teeth with a partial denture custom designed to create an even more natural appearance and comfortable feel.
Some patients who want dentures and are badly in need of them will be reluctant to get them done because they don’t want to go for any length of time without teeth. The immediate option that can be made ready for you the day all your teeth are removed.
There are a few specific advantages to an immediate denture. The most important one being that the patient will never have to appear in public without their teeth. Additionally, it is easier to reproduction the shape, color, and arrangement of a patient’s natural teeth when there are still existing teeth available for comparison in the mouth.
An immediate denture is inserted at the time of extraction, allowing the patient to go home with a full set of teeth the day of the surgery. It will also allow a patient to establish their speech patterns early.
Of course, with advantages come disadvantages. The primary one is that they cost more.
It is initially a less affordable denture than its conventional sibling because additional time is needed to construct it.
Not all patients can be candidates for immediate dentures. Some health conditions and oral problems may make this option un-advisable.
More people each year, both new and experienced denture wearers, are turning to dental implants as the premium solution for restoring their teeth, their smiles, their quality of life, and the ability to eat all the food they want.
Bone loss begins as soon as you lose a natural tooth. In the first year following the tooth loss, your jaw bone can recede almost one-quarter of an inch. This lack of support from your missing teeth and facial bones will cause your face to begin to look prematurely aged.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into your bone, that act like the roots of your teeth. These implants are then anchored to the dentures to make them more stable in the mouth.
They allow patients to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence. They also help maintain your facial bone structure, allowing for a more youthful look throughout your life. They more closely represent your natural teeth and are simply the best solution for missing teeth.
The process of adjusting dentures to counteract the natural changes that happen in a patient’s tissues is called denture relining. Physical changes during aging can shrink bone and tissue.
This can cause the dentures to become loose or unstable and even sore. All denture patients will go through a reline eventually. This is not due to faulty hardware or poor installation, but merely a result of the natural changes our bodies go through as we age.
If you think your smile is to the point where a partial or even full replacement may be in order, our team of professionals in Aurora, CO will go over each option that may fulfill your needs and create a plan to give you back your whole smile.