Dentures may be one of the oldest dental replacement options available, but many people still prefer dentures after tooth loss. With multiple dental replacement options available, it can be difficult to determine the best choice for you. Because of this, many people ask their dentist about dentures first. Dentures are a simple restoration option, which is an attractive quality to many. Continue reading to learn more about the simplicity and availability of today’s dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic teeth, mostly made up of durable, tooth-colored plastic materials. Dentures can replace missing teeth and offer some aesthetic value and function.
What are my dentures options?
You can choose between complete or partial dentures. We use complete dentures when patients lose all of their natural teeth. If you need complete dentures, you should also consider receiving dental implants for extra support under the complete set of dentures.
Partial dentures can replace just a few missing teeth. They can also attach to nearby teeth, much like dental bridges, for more support.
Are dentures made of quality materials?
Dentures now consist of the best materials on the market. New technology and customization techniques allow dentures to fit better than ever, offering support and a comfortable replacement. Dentures also look better than ever. They appear more natural and provide more function when chewing and speaking. The traditional dentures problems like slipping, clicking, and gum irritation are much less prolific than they once were. Dentures are now much easier to get used to, allowing for better speaking and eating functions.
Who is a good candidate for dentures?
Although many people still prefer dentures after tooth loss, if patients have a healthy dental structure of healthy gums and bones, it is important to consider a more permanent option. Options can include dental implants, to preserve the remainder of the dental structure. Dentures will not prevent jawbone shifting.
If the gums and jawbone are not in the best of health due to periodontal disease or infection, dentures may be the only option available. If you are looking for an affordable dental restoration that will also require a minimally invasive procedure, dentures are a great option.
Are dentures easy to place?
Dentures require very little time on the patient’s part. We will make an impression of your gums and any remaining teeth. This will be sent off so your dentures appliance can be created. Then you will come in for a fitting when it is complete. After we fit the dentures, you are free to go until your next dentist visit. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene and to clean your dentures every day. Regular cleanings will deter bacteria development and gum infection.
These are the basics of dentures and why many people still prefer them. The simplicity and affordability of dentures are the biggest attraction for most patients. Dentures can be a good dental restoration option, but we still encourage patients to look into more permanent solutions as well.
Call Kevin J Daily DDS at (831) 580-1141 or visit our Santa Cruz dental office for more information and a consultation. During your appointment, we can also provide you with information about a dental bridge and a dental implant for a more permanent tooth replacement solution.
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