There are a variety of reasons why we lose our natural teeth. It could be due to an injury to your mouth, it could be because of tooth decay or it may even be due to a number of different oral health problems. If you’ve faced tooth loss, it is likely that someone has already suggested dentures to you.
Dentures might sound scary or make you feel embarrassed, but there is nothing to worry about. Even those with the best dental habits may end up needing dentures and they aren’t as scary as you may think. Once you learn a little more about your dental options, you’ll see that it is a rather normal part of life.
So What Are Dentures?
Dentures are an artificial replacement for your natural teeth. The use of dentures has a surprising long history and has only gotten better with time. Most dentures are made out of acrylic and resin, special plastics and sometimes even lightweight metals and are designed to look like your own natural set of teeth.
If you and your dentist have agreed that dentures are the best solution for your dental needs, your dentist will first examine your mouth and create a model of your jaw. From this model, your dental professional can begin the denture making process.
What Are My Denture Options?
There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ option when it comes to dentures. Not only are each set of dentures made to fit in your unique mouth shape, but there are different kinds that each serve a different purpose.
Often when people are talking about dentures, they are talking about full dentures. These are a full set of replacement teeth that are molded to match and fit your uniquely shaped mouth. These dentures are usually held in place with a denture adhesive and can be cared for with special cleansers.
Unlike full dentures, these are not made to replace a full set of teeth. Instead they are used when only a few teeth are missing and thus why they are referred to as ‘partial’. Since you still have some of your natural teeth, these dentures are often made to match your natural tooth color in order to easily blend in with the rest of your mouth.
Implants are used as fixed anchors set in the jaw to attach full or partial dentures. Once they are fully installed, they will function much like your own traditional teeth and require the same amount of care. In fact, you probably won’t even be able to tell them apart from your own natural teeth.
If you want to know more about your denture options, we’re here to help! Contact us today to learn more about what dentures can do for you and to set up a free consultation with one of our dental professionals. We would love to help you find the right denture option for your unique needs.