WHEN SHOULD I GET DENTURES?
Even though many people think of dentures as something for older people, like their grandparents or parents, they can be used to help anyone who needs them. Patients in their 30s and 40s may need dentures if they have lost teeth from decay or advanced gum disease. Some medical issues, like chronic acid reflux, can also lead to younger patients needing dentures. Some people also lose multiple teeth after an accident. No matter how old you are or why you need dentures, it's important to get them so you can restore confidence in your smile as well as the health and function of your mouth. If you might need dentures, visit a dentist near you in Littleton, CO to discover the different types of dentures and which is best for your needs and goals.
If you're avoiding dentures because you imagine large, teeth that look fake and slip out of place, you need to learn more about the options you have in dentures today. Modern tools and high-quality materials allow dentures to be more attractive. When properly fitted by a qualified dentist, you can feel confident wearing dentures. Additionally, you have many options with dentures, so you can pick the type of custom dentures that are best for your needs, wants, and budget. A big choice once you decide to get dentures is traditional removable or implanted dentures.
- REMOVABLE DENTURES
Removable dentures are the traditional option and they can be used to replace the top and/or bottom arches of your teeth. This type of dentures is held in place using special dental adhesives and should be removed at night. DentalWorks in Littleton, CO offers traditional dentures that are custom made from high-quality materials to fit comfortably and look natural. Removable dentures need to be flossed and brushed at least twice daily, then kept in water at night to keep them from drying out. You may need to avoid certain foods when you're wearing dentures so you don't damage the restoration. Removable dentures may feel odd at first, but with proper fitting and a little practice, you will be confidently eating, speaking, and smiling.
- IMPLANTED DENTURES
Thanks to modern dental technology, custom dentures can be supported with dental implants so they don't need to be removed. The metal posts are surgically implanted in strategic points in your jawbone and gums. When your mouth has healed and integrated with the posts, the implants are strong enough to attach to a set of custom dentures. Like removable dentures, implant-supported dentures can be used to replace the top and/or bottom arches, but unlike traditional dentures, implanted dentures do not need soaking or adhesives. Implanted dentures are not removable, so they should be brushed and flossed at least twice a day just like natural teeth. Many younger patients like implanted dentures since they do not have food restrictions and are easier to care for. Before implant surgery, your dentist will need to ensure that your gums and jaw are healthy enough to hold implants. If you have had removable dentures or missing teeth for a long time, your jaw or gums may have atrophied and become too weak for an implant. In these cases, gum and/or bone grafts can be needed to build up the strength of your mouth for implant surgery.
FULL OR PARTIAL DENTURES?
In addition to deciding between traditional and implant-supported dentures, you can get partial or full dentures. Contrary to what many people think, dentures can be used even if you still have some of your natural teeth.
- FULL DENTURES
When you imagine dentures, you're probably seeing a full set of removable dentures. Full dentures replace a whole arch of missing teeth. You can get a full denture for your upper arch, lower arch, or both. Before you get full dentures, any remaining teeth may need to be pulled or you might consider...
- PARTIAL DENTURES
If you still have some of your natural teeth and they are strong and healthy, you may be a better candidate for a partial denture. Similar to a dental bridge, a partial denture supports the false teeth with your natural teeth. Partial dentures at DentalWorks in Littleton, CO are custom made to match your natural teeth and look natural.
BEST CANDIDATES FOR DENTURES?
If you have several missing teeth, you are a candidate for dentures. While most people want to get dentures to make their smile look better, there are many other reasons to get dentures. First, missing teeth will make it more difficult for your mouth to perform its main functions — speaking and eating. For every tooth that is lost, it becomes harder to speak clearly and chew. Second, missing teeth affect the health of your whole mouth. Gaps created by missing teeth can allow your other teeth to move out of alignment. And when your gums and jawbone are not actively stimulated by a tooth root, they can begin to atrophy. This may lead to oral health problems and make it hard to place restorations. Third, missing teeth can have a negative impact on your self-esteem and may even have negative repercussions in your personal or professional life.
TAKE BACK YOUR SMILE WITH DENTURES
No matter your age, dental needs, and wants, dentures can help restore the function and appearance of your mouth. If you decide to get dentures, you need to look for a reputable dentist in Littleton, CO with skill and experience in dentures so they look natural, fit well, function properly, and last a long time. For more information about dentures, visit DentalWorks in Littleton, CO. After listening to your needs and wants, we'll assess your mouth and discuss which dentures are ideal for you. Our office uses high-quality materials and every restoration is custom made so they look natural and fit securely.