These Aren’t Your Grandmother’s Dentures

If you have good teeth and have worked hard to take care of them your entire life, you probably have a healthy smile. You likely have all of your natural teeth. You may have a crown here or there atop a tooth that developed extensive decay when you were a kid. You may have a couple of fillings. But all in all your smile is in good shape.

If this is the description of your teeth, it’s probably hard to believe that the Centers for Disease Control have statistics showing that one quarter of all Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth. Whoa.

For these people, there are really only two recourses — live life without any teeth, avoiding hard foods, chewy foods, food like steak, and suffering nutritionally; or having dentures.

We place dentures at Kalil & Kress.

What are the benefits of dentures?

  • Restore your diet— Dentures once again enable the patient to eat a wide variety of foods. This is especially important with fruits and vegetables, which are hard to eat without teeth.
  • Restore your appearance— Dentures restore your teeth, gums, and jawbone to their original dimensions. This keeps your nose and chin from being too close together when you shut your mouth.
  • Restore your self-esteem— You can laugh and smile again without worrying what people think about your missing teeth.
  • Restore your speech— It’s hard to speak clearly when you don’t have any teeth. Having teeth again gives you back confidence when speaking.

Full versus partial

The dentures we place at Kalil & Kress fall into two types:

  • Full denturesreplace an entire arch of missing teeth (upper or lower).
  • Partial denturesreplace a gap of three or more teeth, where a bridge could not be stable enough.

Implants can provide support

At Kalil & Kress, we’re big fans of using dental implants to support both full and partial dentures. For full dentures, we usually place four implants per arch. These act as anchors for the denture, which clips onto the implants. For partial dentures, we may only need a single implant.

Either way, implants provide the stability when biting and chewing that dentures wearers usually don’t have. While today’s modern dentures fit much more precisely than those of your grandparents, they can still slip and move when chewing. That’s simply the nature of your gums. Implants lock the dentures down, giving you confidence when eating just about anything.

If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, that’s not a condition to simply live with. Call us at Kalil & Kress, (603) 880-7004, and let’s check out your smile and talk dentures.

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