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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.
Everyone knows that George Washington wore false teeth. Quick, now, what were our first President's dentures made of?
Did you say wood? Along with the cherry tree, that's one of the most persistent myths about the father of our country. In fact, Washington had several sets of dentures — made of gold, hippopotamus tusk, and animal teeth, among other things — but none of them were made of wood.
Washington's dental troubles were well documented, and likely caused some discomfort through much of his life. He began losing teeth at the age of 22, and had only one natural tooth remaining when he took office. (He lost that one before finishing his first term.) Portraits painted several years apart show scars on his cheeks and a decreasing distance between his nose and chin, indicating persistent dental problems.
Dentistry has come a long way in the two-and-a-half centuries since Washington began losing his teeth. Yet edentulism — the complete loss of all permanent teeth — remains a major public health issue. Did you know that 26% of U.S. adults between 65 and 74 years of age have no natural teeth remaining?
Tooth loss leads to loss of the underlying bone in the jaw, making a person seem older and more severe-looking (just look at those later portraits of Washington). But the problems associated with lost teeth aren't limited to cosmetic flaws. Individuals lacking teeth sometimes have trouble getting adequate nutrition, and may be at increased risk for systemic health disorders.
Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of ways that the problem of tooth loss can be overcome. One of the most common is still — you guessed it — removable dentures. Prosthetic teeth that are well-designed and properly fitted offer an attractive and practical replacement when the natural teeth can't be saved. Working together with you, our office can provide a set of dentures that feel, fit, and function normally — and look great too.
There are also some state-of-the art methods that can make wearing dentures an even better experience. For example, to increase stability and comfort, the whole lower denture can be supported with just two dental implants placed in the lower jaw. This is referred to as an implant supported overdenture. This approach eliminates the need for dental adhesives, and many people find it boosts their confidence as well.
If you have questions about dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Removable Full Dentures” and “Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw.”