How Dentures Can Improve Your Oral Health
From taking a baseball in the mouth to plain old aging, missing teeth can be attributed to many things. The holes missing teeth leave behind can be embarrassing, or even affect oral health in a negative way. Dentures, whether partial or complete, are an affordable way to not only fill those embarrassing holes, but prevent bone atrophy and moving teeth.
How do I know if dentures are for me?
A good candidate for dentures is really anyone who is missing teeth. However, the real test comes down to deciding which kind of dentures the patient will need. This is based on how many teeth are missing, what kinds of oral problems are occurring, and if surgery is needed before the dentures are fitted to the teeth.
There are several types of dentures:
- Immediate: Immediate dentures are worn directly after any extractions that must be performed before permanent dentures are created. This ensures the wearer is not seen without teeth during the time it takes for the permanent dentures to be made.
- Implant-Retained: This kind of denture is surgically implanted into the bone. This procedure requires enough bone to be able to implant into, meaning that people with above average bone atrophy or overall bad oral health are not good candidates.
- Partial: There are two different kinds of partial dentures:
- Tooth-supported: These dentures sit on the tooth and do not touch the tissue.
- Tissue-supported: These dentures sit on the tissue and do not touch the tooth.
- Complete: Complete dentures are worn by patients missing all of their teeth on either the top or bottom arch. For those who are missing all of the teeth on both arches, a set of top and bottom complete dentures is worn.
Dentures can change the entire aesthetic makeup of a smile. Having obvious holes in the mouth where teeth used to be can lead to embarrassing situations and speech impediments. Dentures fill those holes so the patient can have the confidence they deserve. Dentures also prevent teeth around the hole from moving to compensate for the missing tooth. Eating is made much easier by wearing dentures. Chewing becomes much less problematic, and the pressure from chewing is evenly distributed instead of the patient taking care to chew in certain areas of the mouth.
If you are missing teeth, Dr. Warren Gase in Cincinnati, OH can provide knowledgeable and professional denture care. Call to schedule an appointment for a consultation today.