THE RIGHT AGE FOR DENTURES
While most people associate dentures with older people, like their parents or grandparents, they are used to help people at any age. Patients as young as 30 years old can get dentures after they've lost teeth from advanced gum disease or decay. Certain medical conditions, such as acid reflux, may also make dentures necessary for younger patients. Other people may lose several teeth after a physical trauma. No matter the reason you need dentures or how old you are when you need them, getting them can help restore the function of your mouth and re-gain confidence in your smile. If you need dentures, schedule an appointment with DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC to learn about the options in dentures so you can choose which fits your needs.
If you are avoiding dentures because you think of a bulky device full of unnatural looking teeth that fall out easily, you should know that dentures have advanced quite a lot. Advanced technology and stronger materials make dentures natural-looking. When fitted properly by a good dentist, dentures can feel very secure and allow you to wear them confidently. These days, there are lots of choices when you get dentures, which means you can choose the dentures that match your needs, goals, and budget. One of the biggest choices when it comes to dentures is removable dentures or implant-supported dentures.
- TRADITIONAL DENTURES
Traditional dentures replace the top and/or bottom arches of your teeth and can be removed. Traditional dentures are adhered to your gums using special dental glue and can be removed when needed. DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC offers high-quality dentures that are custom-made to look natural and feel comfortable. Traditional dentures should be brushed two times a day, at least, then soaked overnight. You do need to be careful what you eat with dentures so avoid damaging them. Traditional dentures can feel awkward initially, but with a custom fit plus a little time, you should be able to eat, drink, speak, and smile confidently.
- IMPLANT-SUPPORTED DENTURES
A newer option, dentures may be attached to implants so they do not need to be removed. The dental posts are placed at several points through your gums and into your jawbone. Once your gums and jaw have integrated with the implants, the posts can be attached to your dentures. Just like traditional dentures, implanted dentures can replace one or both arches of your teeth; however, unlike removable dentures, implant-supported dentures don't require glues or special care. Implant-supported dentures cannot be removed at home, so they need to be flossed and brushed just like natural teeth at least twice a day. A lot of younger people prefer implant-supported dentures because they are easier to care for and have fewer food restrictions. Before the implants can be placed, your dentist will check to make sure your jawbone and gums are strong enough to securely hold the implant. When you have missing teeth or have worn removable dentures for too long, your gums and jawbone may atrophy until they are not strong enough to hold an implant. If this has happened, bone and/or gum grafting may be used to prepare your mouth before the implants are placed.
PARTIALS OR A FULL DENTURE?
Along with choosing between removable and implanted dentures, you can get full or partial dentures. Despite what you might believe, you don’t need to lose all your teeth before you get dentures.
- FULL DENTURES
This is what most people think of when they picture dentures. A full denture is used to replace an entire arch. You could get a full restoration for your lower arch, upper arch, or a set of both if you are missing all your teeth. If you still have some of your natural teeth, these can be pulled and replaced with full dentures.
- PARTIAL DENTURES
When you have a few of your teeth and they're healthy, you might be a good candidate to get a partial denture. A partial denture is similar to a dental bridge in that it uses your natural teeth as support for the false teeth. Partials at DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC are made custom to blend with your remaining teeth for a seamless appearance.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM DENTURES?
Dentures are a way to replace missing teeth. Although many patients want to replace missing teeth to improve their smile, there's bigger reasons to choose dentures. To begin, missing teeth can make it harder for your mouth to complete its most important jobs — eating and speaking. Every time you loose a tooth, it is more difficult to chew and speak clearly. Also, lost teeth impact your other teeth, gums, and jaw. Spaces left by lost teeth allow the remaining teeth to move and become misaligned. Also, if your jawbone and gum tissue aren't working to hold a tooth, atrophy can occur. This can cause other issues and may make it more difficult to hold dentures or other restorations. Finally, large gaps in your smile can impact your confidence and might cause problems in your professional or personal life.
RESTORE YOUR SMILE WITH DENTURES
Whether you're young or old, need full or partial, and prefer removable or implanted, dentures are designed to restore the look and function of your mouth. When you need dentures, it is important to find a reputable dental practice in Wake Forest, NC who has the experience and skill to place dentures correctly so your results not only look natural, but also function properly, fit well, and last as long as possible. To learn more about all of your options, schedule a consultation at DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC. Once we have heard your concerns and goals, the dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw so we can help you decide which dentures are best for you. We use top-quality materials and we customize every set of dentures so you get a secure fit that looks natural.