By this point in your life, you have probably heard of dentures. You may not be in the market for a set, but if that day should come, Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta, GA, wants you to understand your options.
Dentures are sometimes referred to as false teeth since they are meant to replace teeth that are missing.
The kind of dentures you need will depend on a few important factors, such as how many teeth you have lost and how much you want your dentures to do for you.
Below, we will discuss the different kinds of dentures that we offer and what each can do for you and your smile.
Why You May Need Dentures
Tooth loss often occurs as a result of oral health problems.
This can be due to insufficient oral hygiene practices, which is one of the many reasons we encourage patients to visit us a couple times each year for cleanings and examinations. If you visit us regularly, we may be able to identify problems and offer solutions before tooth loss occurs.
The leading cause of tooth loss in the United States is gum disease. Tooth decay (cavities) can often be fixed with fillings or dental crowns, but if you allow them to go untreated, the problem can spread to neighboring teeth as well.
Losing a single tooth, due to injury or other reasons, can lead to bigger problems as well if you don’t replace the tooth. Unless that whole tooth (roots and crown) are replaced, you can start losing bone mass, which can lead to further tooth loss over time.
Depending on how long you wait to fix the problem will affect what kind of dentures you may need.
Three Kinds Of Dentures
In our practice, we have three kinds of dentures that we can offer for our patients. One is meant to replace some of your teeth. The others are used to replace entire arches of missing teeth.
We will start with the simplest dentures and work our way up.
◼︎ Partial Dentures
Partial dentures can be a workable solution for someone who is missing multiple teeth.
As with any of our dentures, these will be custom-made to fit comfortably in your mouth.
When they are in place, they will give you the appearance of a complete set of natural teeth. As a result, you can feel less self-conscious about going out in public and talking to people in social and professional situations.
Since they are removable, this makes them easy to clean and maintain.
Another alternative would be an implant-supported dental bridge, which is like a smaller version of the implant-supported dentures that we will discuss later in this post.
◼︎ Full Dentures
These are sometimes known as traditional dentures. Like the partial dentures described above these are custom-fitted for you.
Someone who has lost a complete row of teeth or all their teeth can feel extremely uncomfortable and embarrassed. Dentures can help you feel more at ease. With your dentures in place, you will look like you have a complete set of teeth most of the time.
Having dentures will restore some of your chewing and biting ability. You may not be able to eat everything that you want, but you will be able to eat more things than you can without any teeth.
You probably knew someone who had this kind of dentures when you were a child. At the time, you may have found it amusing when their “teeth” came loose. As an adult, you may feel differently.
Dentures adhesives can help, but we may have a better way to resolve that issue.
◼︎ Implant-supported dentures
The biggest drawback of traditional dentures is their lack of stability. If you have them long enough, they will come loose — during a meal, while you are in the middle of a conversation, or when you cough, laugh, or sneeze.
With implant-supported dentures, you won’t have those same concerns. Dental implants replace the roots of your missing teeth. A series of implants can be placed in your jaw to provide support, stability, and strength for your dentures.
After you heal from your implant placement, we can secure your dentures with ball attachments or retain them with a bar attachment. The biggest difference you will notice is when you are eating.
With the implants providing supports, you dentures will function more like real teeth. Many people with implants can regain close to all of their original biting and chewing ability.
And that means you really can eat whatever you want to eat once again.
Which Dentures Will You Choose?
Hopefully, you will never have to make a decision about dentures, but if you do, we want you to have the information you need to make an informed decision.
Please feel free to contact our dentist office in Marietta, GA, to schedule a free consultation or to make an appointment for your next cleaning and examination.