Dentures and Missing Teeth
People can lose their teeth due to a variety of factors — poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, gum disease, severe tooth decay, or injury/trauma. Options for replacing those teeth range from dentures to bridges to dental implants. Which option you choose can be dictated by the overall health of your mouth, just how many teeth are missing, your general health, and your finances.
What if you choose dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that can be partial (where teeth still remain) or full. A better scenario is if the patient still has at least a few natural teeth left; they will help keep the dentures in place and retain the jaw’s natural shape. Implant-supported dentures make it possible to have dentures that are permanently in place.
Pros and cons of dentures
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of dentures as a tooth replacement option:
- Protect remaining teeth from further wear and tear
- Prevent facial muscles from sinking further and avoid bone loss in the process
- Cost-effective when compared with other tooth replacement options
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved chewing and nutrient absorption
- Improved speech
- Dentures are not fixed appliances
- May potentially lead to gum problems if not properly cleaned and cared for
- It will take time to get used to dentures
- Dentures can break
Would you like to learn more about dentures and other tooth replacement alternatives? A personal consultation with the Kalil & Kress dental team is in order! Call at (603) 880-7004 to schedule an appointment today.