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We get one set of permanent teeth and if we lose them, they can only be replaced with temporary, although durable, restorations. The three main options for tooth replacement are dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.
Each of these treatments has their pros and cons but dentures are one of the most popular tooth replacement options available today, often because they are quite economical compared to the other options.
For hundreds of years, dentures have been the go-to treatment for people with missing teeth, and recent advances in dentistry have resulted in dentures that are more comfortable, attractive, and functional than ever before. At Smiles First Dental we offer the latest denture technology for patients who have missing or damaged teeth.
Awareness of the pros and cons of modern dentures can our help patients feel more confident about what to expect from their denture treatment.
Although dentures are undeniably effective, many people have shied away from dentures in the past. Why? Because dentures looked a bit artificial, caused discomfort, did not allow eating certain types of food, changed the way we talked, and could slip out of the mouths while eating or talking.
The good news is that such worries are easily fixed by wearing the right kind of modern dentures!
Types of Dentures:
There are two types of dentures
- Partial Denture
- Complete Dentures
Partial dentures replace one or multiple missing teeth. They are usually replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.
Full or complete dentures on the other hand, are a full set of (removable) dentures that replace an entire set of missing teeth. If you have any natural teeth left, your dentist may suggest you go for an over dentures that will fit ‘over’ those teeth.
The Benefits of Dentures
There are plenty of advantages to getting dentures, including the following:
- Improved self-confidence – A smile can give you confidence while missing teeth can make your shy away from social events and even from chatting with friends. A smile has a positive psychological effect on the person who smiles and the people who see the smile. So, a healthy smile can go a long way in easing daily life. Dentures give you back your smile!
- Little or no diet restrictions – Dentures are durable enough to withstand almost as much punishment as regular teeth. In fact, originally dentures were made primarily for chewing, but modern dentures are also designed to be comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and fully functional! What this means is that you won’t really be giving up your favorite food once you do get dentures. Better yet, you’d be able to eat them again now that all of your teeth are present!
- No more speaking problems – It’s no secret that missing teeth can alter how you talk, and for the worse. Additionally, missing teeth make it less likely to get in conversations if you are self-conscious about your smile. Although it may take some time getting used to wearing dentures, they can eventually help you with all your speaking problems.
- Health – Dentures support facial muscles and structures, and decrease oral bone loss. Replacing missing teeth can significantly help improve your appearance and oral health. The latter because the space left behind by missing teeth can easily become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, causing cavities, gum disease and tooth decay. Not to mention food can easily become stuck or trapped in those spaces, causing bad breath and even more bacteria in your mouth. The former, because leaving missing teeth as is can eventually cause the facial muscles to sag, making you look older.
Although the benefits mentioned above aren’t unique to dentures, it’s worth noting that dentures are among the most economical tooth replacement option. This is especially true when compared to dental implants, which are quite expensive.
But the main benefit of dentures is a set of fully functioning set of teeth that look and feel very much like the real thing.
So, if you’re missing more than a few teeth and want to enjoy the benefits of a full smile and teeth, be sure to visit your Smiles First Dental dentist today to learn more about dentures and how they can help you!
Helping Locals Smile at Smiles First Dental in Northmead
At Smiles First Dental your oral health and the appearance of your smile is important to us. Our highly trained staff can treat any dental issue, including complicated issues related to other health conditions. Our commitment to our patients is dental health and an attractive smile for the holidays and a lifetime!
If you’re suffering from missing teeth, Smiles First Dental can help you smile again! Take advantage of modern dentistry with durable dentures at our clinic in Northmead.
We like to make life a little bit easier for our patients by offering longer hours on weekdays and weekend appointments.