THE RIGHT AGE FOR DENTURES
While most people associate dentures with older people, like their parents or grandparents, they are used to help people at any age. Patients in their 30s and 40s may need dentures if they have lost teeth from decay or advanced gum disease. Certain medical conditions, like chronic acid reflux, can also lead to younger patients needing dentures. Some people also lose multiple teeth after a physical trauma. No matter the reason you need dentures or how old you are when you need them, it's important to get them so you can restore the function of your mouth and re-gain confidence in your smile. If you need dentures, schedule an appointment with a dentist near you in Austin, TX to learn about the different types of dentures and which is best for your needs.
If you are avoiding dentures because you think of large, unnatural looking teeth that fall out easily, you should know that dentures have advanced quite a lot. Modern technology and high-quality materials make dentures more attractive. When properly fitted by a good dentist, dentures can feel very secure and allow you to wear them confidently. Additionally, you have many options with dentures, so you can choose the type of custom dentures that are best for your needs, goals, and budget. One of the biggest choices when it comes to dentures is traditional removable dentures or implant-supported dentures.
- REMOVABLE DENTURES
Traditional dentures replace the top and/or bottom arches of your teeth and can be removed. This type of dentures is held in place using special dental adhesives and should be removed when needed. DentalWorks in Austin, TX offers high-quality dentures that are custom-made to look natural and feel comfortable. Removable dentures need to be brushed at least twice daily, then soaked overnight to keep them from drying out. You may need to be careful what you eat with dentures so avoid damaging the restoration. Removable dentures may feel awkward at first, but with proper fitting and a little practice, you should be able to eat, drink, speak, and smile confidently.
- IMPLANTED DENTURES
A newer option, custom dentures can be attached to dental implants so they do not need to be removed. The dental posts are surgically implanted in strategic points through your gums and into your jawbone. Once your mouth has healed and integrated with the posts, the implants are strong enough to be attached to a set of custom dentures. Like removable dentures, implant-supported dentures can be used to replace the top and/or bottom arches, but unlike traditional dentures, implanted dentures do not need glues or special care. Implanted dentures cannot be removed at home, so they should be brushed and flossed at least twice a day just like natural teeth. Many younger patients prefer implanted dentures since they do not have food restrictions and are easier to care for. Before the implants can be placed, your dentist will need to ensure that your gums and jaw are healthy enough to hold the implant. If you have had removable dentures or missing teeth for a long time, your gums and jawbone may have atrophied and become too weak for an implant. In these cases, gum and/or bone grafting can be used to build up the strength of your mouth before the implants are placed.
FULL OR PARTIAL DENTURES?
In addition to deciding between removable and implanted dentures, you can get full or partial dentures. Contrary to what many people think, you don’t need to lose all your teeth before you get dentures.
- FULL DENTURES
This is what most people think of when they picture dentures. Full dentures replace a whole arch of missing teeth. You could get a full denture for your upper arch, lower arch, or both. If you still have some of your natural teeth, these can be pulled and replaced with full dentures.
- PARTIAL DENTURES
If you still have some of your natural teeth and they are healthy, you may be a better candidate for a partial denture. A partial denture is similar to a dental bridge in that it uses your natural teeth as support for the false teeth. Partial dentures at DentalWorks in Austin, TX are made custom to match your natural teeth for a seamless appearance.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM DENTURES?
Dentures are a way to replace missing teeth. While most people want to replace missing teeth to make their smile look better, there are bigger reasons to get dentures. First, missing teeth can make it more difficult for your mouth to perform its most important functions — eating and speaking. For every tooth that is lost, it becomes harder to chew and speak clearly. Second, missing teeth affect the health of your other teeth, gums, and jaw. Gaps created by missing teeth can allow your other teeth to move out of alignment. And when your gums and jawbone are not actively stimulated by a tooth root, they can begin to atrophy. This may lead to oral health problems and make it more difficult to place restorations. Third, missing teeth can have a negative impact on your self-esteem and may even cause problems in your personal or professional life.
RESTORE YOUR SMILE WITH DENTURES
Whether you're young or old, need full or partial, and prefer removable or implanted, dentures can help restore the look and function of your mouth. If you need dentures, it is important to find a reputable dentist in Austin, TX who has the experience and skill to place dentures correctly so they not only look natural, but also function properly, fit well, and last a long time. To learn more about all of your options, schedule a consultation at DentalWorks in Austin, TX. After listening to your needs and wants, we'll assess your mouth and help you decide which dentures are best for you. We use high-quality materials and we customize every set of dentures so you get a secure fit that looks natural.