As with the rest of dentistry, dentures have come a long way over the last few decades thanks to technological innovations and advancements in both the materials and the way that they are fitted. This means that they are longer-lasting, more durable, and more comfortable than ever before.
Although they are the most popular choice for individuals who have experienced some amount of tooth loss, dentures are not necessarily the right choice for everyone. In order to determine whether or not a person should choose this or one of the other options available, it is a good idea to get as much information as possible about dentures first.
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Whether it is one or all of the teeth in a person’s mouth that are missing, tooth loss is embarrassing and uncomfortable. A person who has lost only one or just a few teeth due to decay, injury, or extraction may find that dentures are not necessarily the best option. Instead, they may want to consider dental implants or even a bridge. Of course, these choices are generally more expensive.
Both partial and complete sets of dentures are removable and are custom fit to be as comfortable and durable as possible. Since they are not a permanent solution, however, a person should understand that they will need a new set after 5 to 10 years of use.
Because these types of man-made teeth are also susceptible to damage, it is a good idea for a person to not neglect their regular dental visits in order to ensure that they are in good working order and still fit properly.
Some individuals who have a complete set of dentures may find themselves tempted to slack a little bit when it comes to regular dental hygiene. Although false teeth are not going to get cavities, that does not mean that a person does not still need to properly maintain the health of their mouth.
It is also not uncommon for a person to be somewhat uncomfortable or even experience a bit of soreness when they first start wearing their dentures. In most cases, this will pass as an individual gets more used to wearing them, but it may be necessary to see a dentist if they are still uncomfortable after several weeks of wearing them.
The costs associated with dentures will vary depending on the type of insurance coverage that you have. You should also keep in mind that any additional services provided by your dentist will add to the overall cost of your dentures.
At Island Dental Associates we have more than 20 years experience helping the residents of Long Island with their dental needs. We will be more than happy to discuss your options with you at no cost.
Should you decide that dentures are the best option for you we will treat you in our state-of-the-art facilities where you will find the process quick and pain-free.