If you are considering dentures due to missing teeth in your mouth, you may be cringing because your impression of this tooth replacement option comes from grandparents or other older adults you know who wore unnatural looking, uncomfortable looking false teeth that could easily be spotted from a mile away. Fortunately for you, the process of crafting and fitting dentures has come a long way over the years and can now provide you with a completely natural looking smile that also feels natural in your mouth.
A denture is a dental appliance that contains a series of false teeth that are designed to replace missing teeth in your mouth. If just a few teeth are missing and require replacement, then you only need a partial, while if you need to replace an entire span of teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, you will need a set of full dentures.
Whether you need a partial or full set of teeth to be replaced, you have a couple of options as to how the replacement teeth sit in your mouth. If, like your grandmother, you want to be able to remove the teeth each day or do not want to undergo any type of invasive procedure, you can opt for a removable denture. As noted, this option offers you the opportunity to replace your missing teeth without having to undergo any type of extensive dental treatment. The other benefit to this option is that it is the less expensive of the two choices. The removable apparatus, although more natural looking than the one your grandmother wore, however, does have its drawbacks.
The drawbacks to this option are that you have to remove the appliance each day to thoroughly clean it and have to secure it in place upon waking with a temporary dental adhesive. Although the adhesives available today are generally strong enough to keep the teeth in place with no problem throughout the day, it still takes some time to get used to wearing this apparatus in your mouth and may prohibit you from eating certain foods.
The other option you have is to have your new teeth permanently affixed in your mouth by attaching them to implants. Implant-supported dentures are just like having a new set of permanent teeth in your mouth. They do not move around, do not need to be taken out each night to be cleaned and require no adhesive to keep in place. Instead, a series of titanium rods are implanted into the jawbone to serve as anchors for the appliance, and once fully healed, the set of false teeth is permanently secured onto the titanium rods so they look and feel just like real teeth.
This option is more expensive and requires the surgical implantation of the titanium rods into the jawbone, as well as time to allow the gums and bone surrounding the implant to heal, but the option offers numerous benefits. For one, the teeth look and feel natural and do not require abstaining from specific foods. The other major benefit is that since the titanium rod is implanted in the bone, it stimulates bone growth and improves bone health, keeping it strong so that further bone deterioration doesn’t occur due to atrophy.
If you are considering dentures as a way to replace missing teeth in your mouth, it is best to discuss your options with an experienced cosmetic dentist to determine which option is most suitable to fit your needs.
For more information about the types of dentures we offer in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at 718-461-0100.