Are you missing all or even most of your teeth? If so, you’re not alone. Tooth loss is a serious problem that is estimated to affect more than 120 million Americans. For this reason, many solutions have been developed to deal with missing teeth. One of those solutions is known as dentures. These prosthetic teeth can be used to replace any number of missing teeth you may have, from just a few to an entire mouth’s worth. To learn more, continue reading below, or simply give us a call.
There are three main types of dentures in Gainesville:
These are what you likely envision when someone mentions the word “dentures.” Full dentures consist of an entire set of ceramic teeth attached to a gum-colored base made of acrylic. This base fits right over your gum tissue and stays attached with natural suction and a little bit of denture adhesive if necessary. Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
Also known simply as partials, partial dentures are used for patients who are only missing some of their teeth. As many teeth as you’re missing are attached to a metal framework that clasps onto your remaining natural teeth, fitting into your smile like the missing piece of a puzzle.
While today’s dentures are more comfortable and well-fitting than ever before, they still lose their fit every few years and have to be replaced. To avoid this problem, you can get your dentures secured with dental implants. Your dentist in Gainesville, Dr. Her, can place an average of four to six implants throughout your jawbone. Then, either a full or partial denture is attached to these implants, allowing for a full smile that looks and feels completely natural. In addition, they prevent the bone loss that comes as a result of prolonged tooth loss in a way that traditional dentures alone simply cannot.
If you’re missing all your teeth, a full denture is just what you need. Likewise, if you only have a few gaps in your grin, you could benefit from a partial. In either case, your new teeth could easily be held in place with dental implants. However, we generally ask that your remaining teeth and gums be infection-free before placing dentures. That means if you need to get fillings or gum disease treatment, that must be squared away beforehand.
Dentures offer several advantages over simply suffering through tooth loss. For one, they allow you to smile with complete confidence once again. No longer will you be in the habit of covering your mouth when you laugh to hide the spaces in your smile.
They also allow you to speak correctly again. Sometimes, missing teeth create speech impediments, like whistling sounds, when you try to pronounce certain words. Dentures allow you to talk just like you did when you had all of your natural teeth.
Additionally, dentures restore your ability to eat virtually whatever you want. While certain sticky foods like caramels and chewing gum generally don’t agree with dentures, you can still eat much more than you could with missing teeth. This allows you to eat a more varied diet with plenty of nutritious foods that happen to be chewy or crunchy, like lean meats or raw vegetables.
Finally, dentures are a highly cost-effective solution to tooth loss. They are designed to be affordable and to fit into nearly everyone’s budget. You won’t have to worry about cost stopping you from having a full smile!