Whether you have just a few teeth that are missing or need to completely replace an entire mouth’s worth of lost teeth, dentures are probably going to be one of the first options that you consider.
Before you actually spend any of your hard-earned money on a set of dentures, however, it is important to keep a few things in mind, in order to determine whether or not they are the right choice for you.
What a lot of people may not realize is that there are a surprising number of different types of dentures available. While the first thing that a person may imagine is a complete set of false teeth, even people with only a couple of teeth missing can use dentures to replace them. These are often referred to as partial dentures and, like complete dentures, are removable.
It will be necessary for you to have your mouth fully inspected by a dentist in order to remove any teeth that are damaged or decayed before getting fitted for a set of false teeth. If you are only missing a couple of teeth, you may want to consider a bridge which is a single false tooth held in place by a crown connected to the teeth on either side.
People who have lost all of their teeth find that they look quite a bit older than they otherwise would because there is no support provided for the muscles in the face. This means that wearing dentures can almost immediately provide a person with a healthier and more youthful appearance. Likewise, it is easier to speak and eat when a person has the proper amount of teeth in their mouth.
When it comes to getting the dentures themselves, a dentist will measure the mouth and take several molds to ensure that the new teeth are a comfortable and custom fit. It should be noted, however, that even with a good fitting set of false teeth, there will be some discomfort initially as you get used to wearing your dentures. It’s also important that you carefully clean and maintain your new teeth on a regular basis to ensure that they provide you with years of reliable service. In most cases, dentures are designed to last anywhere from 5 to 10 years.
Many dental plans cover the costs associated with dentures, but it is a good idea to make sure that you understand exactly how much coverage you have and how much the final price is going to be so that there are no surprises later.