Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
For many years, dentures have been a popular choice for replacing missing teeth. The following are signs that you may require dentures:
You are experiencing tooth pain.
Are you constantly plagued by toothaches? Have you visited the dentist lately? One indication of tooth decay is severe or ongoing toothaches. If tooth decay is not detected at an early stage, a root canal procedure may be necessary to save the tooth. If you wait too long, the tooth can be lost.
You have one or more loose teeth.
The combination of tooth decay and periodontal disease can result in loose teeth that move or wiggle in your mouth. If you have a loose tooth, it can become more difficult to chew your food. If you have experienced a dramatic change in your smile, you should consider scheduling a consultation about dentures.
You have already lost one or more teeth.
It is not uncommon to lose one or more teeth because of tooth decay or periodontitis. In fact, almost 20% of middle-aged adults are at risk of tooth loss because of periodontal disease.
The problem goes beyond merely losing a single tooth. For one thing, the surrounding teeth can lose the support that has been keeping them in place and healthy. They can shift more quickly, losing strength and leading to tooth loss or fractures.
Another factor is the impact that a missing tooth has on your jawbone. The biting force that comes down on a tooth ensures that bone mass remains in place to support the tooth. A missing tooth results in the process of bone resorption, or bone loss. Depending upon the location of the missing tooth, and how many there are, bone loss can even affect your facial appearance.
Your gums are red and inflamed.
Do you have chronically swollen and red gums? Although it is possible to irritate your gums when you overdo brushing and flossing, gums that are chronically red and swollen could indicate the presence of periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease.
Types of Dentures
There are several different types of dentures available. The type that you need depends upon the extent of your tooth loss. Some types of dentures include:
- Immediate dentures
- Partial dentures
- Full dentures
Immediate dentures are available immediately after your teeth have been extracted. You will not be ready for a permanent set until your gums have healed.
If you only need to replace a few teeth, partial dentures may be recommended.
Even if you are eventually getting partial dentures, you may require immediate dentures first, because partial dentures are anchored using metal clasps. So your gums must first heal before they are applied.
Full dentures are used to replace a complete set of teeth. They can be used to replace teeth on either the upper or lower jaw, or both. You will be encouraged to remove your full dentures at night while you sleep to give your gums some rest while your dentures are being cleaned.