Are you dealing with the inconvenience and shame of having missing teeth? What was once easy to do is now difficult (eating, chewing, speaking), and you feel as if there’s nothing you can do. Well, there’s good news! Missing teeth can now be easily replaced using a variety of restorative dentistry options, including dentures. Learn more about the various types of dentures and which solution is right for you.
Determining the Right Treatment for You
Whether you lose some of your teeth because they fall out or because they needed to be extracted, you need to make sure they are replaced in a timely matter. Avoiding or delaying replacement can be detrimental to your oral health in many ways. You could experience:
- Bone loss
- Shifting teeth
- Facial collapse
- Additional tooth loss as a result of bone deterioration
- Difficulty speaking or eating
When speaking with your dentist about treatment options, he may suggest everything from traditional dentures, partial dentures, or even implant-retained dentures. Depending on the number of teeth you need to have replaced, as well as the condition of your jawbone and nearby teeth, can determine the type of dentures that are right for you. There’s not a one size fits all solution, so you can expect to receive a customized treatment plan for your dental needs.
Denture Types and Benefits
Because each case is different, your dentist will examine the vacated areas to determine which solution is right for you; however, to better inform you about your options and the benefits of each, here is a breakdown:
Traditional (Full) Dentures
If you are missing all your natural teeth, your dentist may suggest traditional (full) dentures to give you back your smile. They can replace a full top or bottom (or both) row of teeth and are mounted onto a gum-colored base. Some of the benefits include:
- Your natural suction will hold them in place; however, adhesive can provide additional security.
- If you are concerned about the cost of your new teeth, traditional dentures are often a more affordable option.
- They are removable, which is convenient for soaking and cleaning purposes.
Maybe you’re only missing a few teeth and full dentures are not necessary. Or, it could be that your natural teeth are not strong enough to support a dental bridge. This is where you can opt for partial dentures. Its benefits include:
- Mounted on a gum-colored base, this prosthetic is secured using clips or brackets that fasten to nearby teeth.
- They are not permanently in place, which means you can easily remove your dentures and clean them overnight while you sleep.
- Their custom fit will blend in nicely with your other teeth, so will be unable to tell the difference between your natural and artificial teeth.
No matter if you want or need a full or partial denture, implant-retained dentures can provide you the added security you’re looking for. Once your dentist determines you are a good candidate (good bone strength and healthy gums), he will surgically place a few cylinder implants into your jawbone. These will act as the tooth roots, giving your jaw the stimulation it needs to maintain its structure and strength. Once you’ve healed, you’ll receive your customized dentures that will sit on top of the implant. With implant-supported dentures, you will:
- Not have to worry about accidental slippage, clips, or brackets
- Have added security knowing that your implants are firmly in place
- Prevent bone deterioration with implants acting like tooth roots
If your missing teeth are keeping you from the things you once loved, don’t waste any more time! Talk to your dentist today about dentures and the various treatment options. You don’t have to go through life ashamed of the teeth you’re missing. Take back your smile with dentures!
About the Author
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury earned his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M before pursuing his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. Interested in the ever-changing field of dentistry, he regularly participates in continuing education courses to strengthen his skills and knowledge. He and his team at Stansbury Dental care for your oral well-being, so if you’re in need of dentures or another form of restorative treatment, Dr. Stansbury will ensure you have a proper fit and beautiful smile when you leave. To learn more, contact us at (903) 561-1122.