Although teeth are strong enough to last you a lifetime, many adults lose at least one or more of their teeth prematurely. Part of the reason why people lose their adult teeth has to do with dental decay and the neglect of oral health.However, some people lose their teeth through accidents and other traumatic events.
Losing your teeth, however, should leave you hopeless. Dentistry has a provision for tooth replacement through oral appliances like dentures in South Austin.
What Are Dentures?
They are oral appliances designed to mimic natural teeth, used as tooth replacement appliances. They usually feature tooth-colored shell-like artificial teeth and a plastic-like gum-like base. They are designed for the sole purpose of replacing teeth.
In the past, dentures were only useful for replacing teeth for old people.However, today, modern dentistry has created dentures that can be used diversely even by younger patients.
Different Types of Dentures
Dentures come in different designs, to account for the varying needs of patients. The types are:
- Complete dentures – also known as full dentures because they replace all teeth. They are used on patients who have lost all their teeth or most of them. In the latter case, the remaining few teeth may be removed before a full denture is placed
- Partial dentures – they are the alternatives to full dentures. At Denture Care Center, partial dentures are common among patients who have lost some of their teeth but still retain many others. These dentures can, however, only be placed for multiple missing teeth in a row.
- Immediate dentures – they can either be partial or full dentures. They are pre-made so that patients never have to go an extra day without teeth.
- Custom-fit dentures – these dentures take time to develop. They are tailored to your mouth using molds taken by your dentist.
What Are the Benefits of Getting Dentures?
Even after you have lost your teeth, you can opt-out of any treatment that entails oral appliances. However, as our dentists at Peak Dental will point out, there are several advantages to getting dentures:
- Preserving your bone tissue – when you lose teeth, the bone tissue starts to disintegrate because it is no longer in use. The deterioration of your bone tissue compromises the structure of your oral cavity. With Dentures, however, the weight thereof puts the bone tissue to work, therefore preserving it.
- Restoring functionality of your mouth – basic functions of the mouth like chewing and speaking are difficult without teeth. Dentures can help you restore the functionality of your mouth.
- Preventing shifting of teeth – this is specific to partial dentures. Since you still have other teeth in your mouth, dentures help keep them in space. Technically, when there is space on your jawbone, teeth tend to move to fill up the available space. With partial dentures, you can retain your natural teeth in their original positions.
- For cosmetic purposes – a smile with gaps is not as beautiful as a smile with all teeth in place. Even though they are artificial teeth, dentures restore the beauty of your smile.
- Youthful look – teeth play a crucial role in the appearance of your face. Ideally, the jawbone and the teeth provide a framework for which your face is formed. When your teeth are missing, there is little support offered to your facial muscles, which can cause them to droop more than usual. Dentures can restore this by providing the kind of support your natural teeth would.
- Durability – dentures can last for up to 10 years or more, with proper care. It also depends on the type of dentures you get, and the kind of materials used to develop them.
Should You Get Dentures?
The enlisted advantages should be convincing enough that these oral appliances are worth it. However, you also need to incorporate the advice of your dentist,based on your diagnosis. For some patients, other oral appliances like dental bridges or implants may be better suited. For others, a combination of the different approaches may be the way to restore their smiles. Either way, only decide after consulting your dentist.