A denture is a removable prosthetic device used for multiple teeth replacement. It also recreates the appearance of healing gum and jawbone beneath the crowns of the teeth, but this is purely cosmetic. Custom dentures are made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals to provide patients with a durable teeth replacement solution. Please do note that while dentures tend to be the cheaper option on the market, they simply cannot rival the comfort, function and longevity of dental implants and implant-supported prostheses. Speak to Dr. Gasser about your teeth replacement choice before you commit to one.
Teeth Replacement Options for Arizona Residents: Types of Dentures
Complete dentures are often fitted in edentulous patients (those who do not having a single original adult tooth left). Candidates for complete dentures have lost all of their teeth or have a “failing” or “terminal” dentition as a result of advanced gum disease. Having dentures fitted can improve chewing ability and speech in those requiring a new set of teeth; they can also provide support for facial muscles and skin, which restores the appearance of one’s natural and youthful smile.
Teeth Replacement Options for Arizona Residents: Partial Dentures
Partial dentures can be used for patients who have lost several teeth to tooth decay and gum disease. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by a metal framework. Removable partial dentures are attached to a patient’s natural teeth using metal clasps or devices called ‘precision attachments’. Precision attachments are generally more aesthetic than metal clasps and are nearly invisible, according to Dr. Kevin Gasser. Ceramic crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments.
Teeth Replacement Options for Arizona Residents: Over-dentures
An over-denture is a removable prosthetic dental bridge that is fabricated to fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth are prepared by Dr. Gasser to provide stability and support for the denture.
Some Important Facts About Dentures
- Before dentures can be fitted, you will be required to have measurements taken and a mold created of your teeth and gums during a preliminary visit.
- Immediate dentures are placed as soon as all of your old, failing teeth have been extracted.
- Conventional dentures are placed once your gums have healed from teeth extraction, which typically takes six to eight weeks.
Benefits and Disadvantages of Dentures
While dentures can provide immediate relief to Sun City residents who have been struggling with failing teeth and/or no teeth at all for many years, they come hand-in-hand with a host of challenges and long-term disadvantages that can prove quite disastrous for one’s self-esteem and quality of life. Perhaps the most serious of these challenges is that dentures only replace the visible tooth crowns and not the roots of the teeth. This denies the underlying jawbone the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and so, over time, it atrophies and wastes away. The loss of bone volume in the jaw not only renders dental implant treatment doubtful, it also results in premature aging and the sunken-in facial features we typically associate with the elderly. Bone loss also causes a steady weakening of one’s bite, thereby making it difficult for denture wearers to enjoy a wide variety of crisp, crunchy and healthy foods. The pain, discomfort and weak bite force has been known to cause malnutrition among those who have been wearing dentures for more than a decade.
7 Major Disadvantages of Dentures
- Dentures are usually loose and unstable.
- They often create sore spots on the gums and the roof of the mouth.
- They are severely limited in chewing ability and frequently restrict a person’s diet.
- They often require messy and unpleasant adhesives.
- They increase bone loss under the gums.
- They often lead to a loss of confidence and self-esteem.
- They often lead to more medical problems and even malnutrition due to their limitations in function.
The solution to the problems caused by dentures is to have them replaced with a permanent implant-supported bridge, but the trick is to have it done as soon as possible! The longer you wait, the more bone volume you lose to atrophy and the smaller your chance of candidacy for dental implants.
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