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A Patient’s Guide to Dentures
If you are looking for the most affordable way to replace your missing teeth, dentures might be the way to go. Dentures are one of the oldest missing teeth solutions that have been used in dentistry. They consist of two distinct parts: artificial teeth and a framework that looks like gums. The framework keeps the dentures in place when being worn via suction forces.
Figuring out what type of denture to go with can be quite challenging. This article will explore some essential facts about dentures.
Everything you need to know about dentures
There are two main types of dentures used nowadays: full and partial. Full denture sets are for people who have lost most of their real teeth. Partial sets are for those who have only lost a few of their teeth. Dentures can also be combined with other prosthetics like dental implants to improve their stability and comfort.
When to consider getting dentures
People who are dealing with the advanced stages of gum disease are good candidates for dentures. Such people might have had extensive jawbone tissue loss, so other alternatives like implants might not be an option. People with badly-decayed teeth are also good candidates for dentures if most of their teeth have to be extracted as a result of the decay.
The pros and cons of replacing teeth with dentures
While dentures are an affordable missing teeth solution, they do come with some advantages and disadvantages. These include:
- Dentures are the cheapest missing tooth solution, particularly when the patient has lost most of the real teeth
- The artificial teeth that come with dentures look just like real teeth. In some cases, they look better than the patient's real teeth
- It provides support for the patient's lips and cheeks
- It reduces the appearance of wrinkles
- It prevents teeth alignment issues from occurring as the remaining teeth try to close up the gap created by the missing teeth
- It restores the wearer's speech
- It makes it possible for the wearer to enjoy many of their favorite foods
- It restores the wearer's self-confidence
- Eating and speaking is harder with dentures, compared to other teeth replacement options
- Dentures come with time-consuming cleaning requirements. The device needs to be cleaned with a toothbrush each day and soaked in denture solution overnight
- Improper fitting dentures can lead to the formation of sores inside the wearer's mouth
- Dentures worn on the lower half of the jaw tend to slip around quite a bit
- Dentures often involve the use of adhesives
- Dentures do not stop bone tissue deterioration unless combined with implants
- Dentures need to be regularly realigned and readjusted to ensure a proper fit
- Dentures are brittle and can break easily when dropped on a hard surface
Restore your smile with dentures
Dentures are for anyone looking to restore the look and function of their teeth without spending an arm and a leg. Stop by our Albuquerque office to learn more about this prosthetic.
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