Dentures are removable dental devices that replace some or all of your natural teeth. If you envision an unnatural-looking chalky smile when you think about dentures, you should take some time to learn about today’s options.
Modern dentures are durable, comfortable, and natural-looking. They’re designed to fit the contours of your gums and your smile, and they’re made of top-quality materials.
Partial dentures replace missing teeth while leaving your healthy natural teeth in place. Unlike bridges, which are permanently affixed, partial dentures can be removed for cleaning.
As the name implies, a full set of dentures replaces all of your upper or lower teeth. Today’s dentures fit comfortably on the surface of your gums and usually don’t require denture adhesives to stay in place.
An alternative to traditional dentures is a system called All-on-4®, which replaces an entire upper or lower span of teeth using just four dental implants.
Dentures are a great option if you’d like to restore the appearance and functionality of your smile on a budget. They are less expensive than dental implants, but it’s important to note that even the best set of dentures will eventually need to be repaired or replaced, so be sure to factor those expenses into your decision-making.
Dentures will fill in any gaps in your smile. This is not only important for your confidence, but missing teeth can also change the dynamics of your bite, placing undue pressure on your remaining natural teeth.
People with missing teeth often find it difficult to eat certain foods like nuts, seeds, meat, and crunchy vegetables. A great set of dentures allows you to eat a healthy and varied diet.
Many people find their speech changes when they lose teeth. This can make you uncomfortable in work or social settings, and it can even lead to depression in some. Dentures will restore the dynamics of your mouth, enabling normal speech.
With proper care, you can expect to get 10 or more years of wear from a new set of dentures. That said, your habits and oral hygiene will influence the lifespan of your dentures.
Though dentures cannot decay, they are subject to damage if placed under excessive pressure. You should be careful about biting down on hard foods or objects, and never use your teeth to hold items in place or open packaging.
It’s also important to keep your dentures clean. Remove them daily for a thorough brushing, and be sure to brush your gums as well. If you develop gum disease, your gums can change shape, ruining the fit of your dentures.
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