Dentures are the most affordable option for replacing missing teeth. The technology in creating dentures has advanced considerably over the years, and modern dentures look realistic and are usually made of acrylic and custom-shaped for a comfortable fit.
Dentures do more than replace teeth – they also preserve facial shape, assist with clear speech, and allow wearers to eat as normally as possible. They’re an investment that can greatly improve one’s quality of life.
Why Missing Teeth Should be Replaced
The relationship of teeth and jawbone is disrupted when a tooth is missing. Other teeth gradually shift to fill the gap, changing how the top and bottom teeth align and potentially affecting speech. Each tooth, through the action of chewing, stimulates jawbone growth, so when one or more teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. Replacing teeth helps preserve the structural integrity of the jawline.
Tooth Extraction and Replacement
Patients may not be aware that their teeth are damaged beyond repair. If we determine that teeth must be extracted (to stop the progression of decay or bone loss), we explain the various options for replacement.
In some cases, patients may want dentures as an immediate solution, but they may be able to switch to dental implants, the most dependable prosthetic tooth replacements. In many cases, a new set of dentures can be made to snap into the dental implants for better stability and function. Another benefit of implants is they fuse with the jawbone and stimulate bone growth.
Adjustment of Dentures
Occasionally, people stop wearing dentures because they find them uncomfortable. We always encourage our patients to call us if their dentures are causing discomfort. We may be able to adjust them – and older-model dentures may need to be repaired or relined.