If you are missing a span of teeth along the lower or upper jawline, you may be wondering if dentures are a good option to replace your missing teeth. Many people often cringe when they hear the word “dentures” because the word conjures up memories of older relatives with unnatural looking teeth that may have even shifted around when speaking or eating, making everyone feel uncomfortable. However, today’s cosmetic dentures are more natural-looking than ever, as well as being comfortable to wear.
While dentures are an effective option for replacing a span of missing teeth, there are a number of options available to those considering the dental treatment. For starters, there are removable dentures, which is what most people think of when they hear the term. This option is a fabricated section of false teeth that is made to fit securely in the mouth but can be removed as necessary or required. Some versions are held in place with an adhesive that is placed on the gums, while others are made to fit so precisely that they require no adhesive to stay put. Removable dentures are taken out each night for cleaning and are then placed back into the mouth for further wear.
Another option for those who don’t like the idea of their teeth coming out each day is to consider permanent dentures. Just like the removable variety, the apparatus consists of a span of false teeth that are designed to mimic the natural teeth they are replacing. But rather than sitting on top of the gumline, secured by a dental adhesive or precise fit, these teeth are permanently secured in the mouth through a variety of methods.
One of the most popular means of securing dentures permanently is to have a series of dental implants placed into the jawbone to serve as the base for securing the span of teeth. This is a good option for individuals who need to replace an entire upper or lower span of teeth and want the replacements to remain permanently secured in the mouth. The implants not only serve as a supportive base for the dentures, but by surgically implanting the titanium rods into the jawbone, it keeps underlying bone healthier because it is being used rather than being allowed to atrophy.
If only a small span of teeth needs to be replaced rather than the entire span, a section of replacement teeth can be secured in the mouth in much the same way as a dental bridge. The replacement teeth are attached to a crown that is permanently secured onto one or more adjacent healthy teeth, keeping the fabricated teeth permanently and securely in place.
Individuals with missing teeth have a number of options to choose from when it comes to replacing the space left by those teeth. Dentures are just one option but are an increasingly attractive choice for many thanks to the advances made in the look, fit and feel of the tooth replacement apparatus. It is best to talk to your dentist about whether this is a good option for you.
For more information about cosmetic dentures, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.