When Dentures Are Your Best Option

Everyone wants a smile full of bright white teeth. But sometimes, that just isn’t possible. The National Institute of Dentistry found that almost 70% of adults had lost at least one tooth by the time they were 44, and almost 25% will have lost all their teeth by the time they are 75.

Thankfully, today there are a wide range of options to replace missing teeth. One of the oldest methods of tooth replacement is dentures. Though newer options are available, plenty of situations mean dentures might be your best bet.

Heavy Tooth Loss

When a patient loses only one or two teeth, implants might be a good option. However, if that same patient has lost so many teeth that there are more missing teeth than healthy ones, dentures might be a better choice. Dentures come in both full and partial models that replace only a few or an entire mouth of missing teeth, which means they can replace large gaps left by missing teeth.

Advanced Tooth Decay

Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth. Partials and bridges can replace a small number of missing teeth, but they need healthy teeth as an anchor. If the teeth around the missing tooth are decayed, cracked, or soft, they may not be strong enough to support a bridge or partial. In those cases, dentures replace the missing teeth without putting stress on what remains.

Cost

Dentures are far less expensive than other procedures such as implants. Although they aren’t cheap, they can be a good option for those who are watching their cash flow. They can also be a temporary measure. Patients who are missing a large number of prominent teeth find that dentures can replace them quickly while they save money for pricier implants.

Jaw Pain

Damaged teeth aren’t just a pain in the tooth, they can also be a pain in the jaw, neck, and shoulders. This is because, as the tooth decays, the patient naturally starts to chew and speak in ways that spare the sore tooth. This throws the jaw out of alignment and often leads to accidentally biting the lip or cheek, headaches, and can lead to chronic TMD. But today’s dentures are designed with neuromuscular data.

Studies show that today’s dentures are designed to support the entire jaw, not just replace the smile. Not only do dentures offer immediate jaw support, but they can also be easily removed. The dentist can easily alter the shape of the denture support as the jaw goes back into its natural alignment.

Immune Struggles

Dentures are the least invasive form of tooth replacement, making them the safest bet for people who suffer from immune weakness. This is especially important for patients undergoing other medical procedures. Cancer patients, organ recipients, and those with HIV and SCID all risk infection with implants, bridges, and partials. Implants place metal within the bone and leave the person open to bone infection; partials and bridges may damage the gums and lead to bleeding. This allows bacteria from the mouth to enter the bloodstream. In those cases, dentures, which place a barrier between the mouth and germs, are far safer.

Decisions. Decisions.

So how do you know if dentures are right for you? Talk to your dental professional. She has options and treatments that will help you make the best decision for your lifestyle. Award-winning Dr. Burley has more than 15 years’ experience as a cosmetic dentist, so she knows how to create a plan individualized for your dental and medical needs. Your dentist is there to put a smile back on your face.

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