If you no longer have your natural teeth, seeing your dentist about the possibility of getting dentures to replace those teeth can give you a reason to smile again. Missing teeth not only affect your appearance but can also have a strong impact on your ability to eat properly and speak. The inability to eat properly can also result in reduced nutrition and put you at risk for a variety of other health conditions.
Today, there are a variety of different options available for dentures that will allow you to enjoy the look and feel of having natural teeth without any embarrassment or discomfort. A complete set of dentures is the preferred solution when it is necessary to replace all of one’s teeth. In some instances, a partial set of dentures may be advisable when a few of your natural teeth are left.
The art and science of dentistry has made significant strides in being able to produce dentures that match your natural teeth as closely as possible. A flesh-colored plastic is used to craft the framework to resemble your natural gum tissue, while the actual teeth are available in a variety of shades. New advances have also made it possible to benefit from a completely secure fit in the mouth so that you do not have to worry about the embarrassment of your dentures slipping while you are speaking or eating.
Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures are also available to provide the most secure fit possible. The healing period for these types of dentures will usually take between three and four months. The amount of time is necessary for the implant to become securely fitted into the jawbone. It should be understood that not everyone is an ideal candidate for implant retained dentures. If your jawbone is too thin, this type of denture may not work, as it will be difficult for the implant to become adhered to the jawbone. In this case, traditional dentures are the best alternative, as they are able to rest on the roof of the mouth and the gums.
It is also important to understand that even with a set of traditional dentures, your mouth must undergo a training period in order for your gums to adapt to the presence of the dentures. Dentures are typically quite comfortable, provided that they fit properly. This is why it is imperative that you seek out a dentist with significant experience in crafting dentures. Once you have been fitted with your dentures, it will also be important for you to see your dentist on a regular basis for checkups for your dentures to be evaluated. The gums and bones that support your dentures can change over time. When that happens, it may be necessary for your dentures to be modified for a more comfortable fit.
With the right fit, dentures can be a great solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring your beautiful smile.
If you have any questions regarding dentures, the dentists at Hinsdale Dental would love to help: 630-323-5200.Return to Blog