Before you imagine dentures like the fake-looking teeth worn by your grandparents, you should know that dentures are better than ever. They look more natural and are more comfortable than those worn by generations past. Today’s dentures are attractive, functional, and natural-looking!
What are Partial Dentures ?
Patients with a few teeth might benefit from a partial denture. A partial consists of replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base. Both the false teeth and gums will be custom-made to match your natural teeth and gums. A partial stays in place with clasps that fit around your existing teeth. A partial will keep your remaining teeth stable, so they don’t shift, and will also restore your chewing and speaking ability.
What are Complete Dentures ?
It can be scary to face the loss of your complete upper or lower teeth, or both. But dentures today provide a great option that will give you a beautiful smile that looks quite natural. The process will take place over a period of time. After your teeth are extracted and your gums have had a chance to heal, a custom set of dentures will be made to fit over your gums. Although there is a bit of a learning curve, once you become used to the dentures, you should be able to eat most of your favourite foods. You will find that laughing and speaking will feel normal again as well.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures ?
Implant-supported dentures combine budget-friendly dentures with the stability of implants. A few implants will be placed to provide stability for your dentures, so there are no worries about having them shift or slide. Implant-supported dentures mean dentures that don’t move, giving you the ability to eat, laugh, and speak with confidence! Another benefit: Many people are not aware of a condition called “facial collapse.” This refers to the sunken-in, aged look that many denture-wearers develop over time because they no longer have tooth roots to stimulate the jawbone. Implant-supported dentures keep this from happening.
What Else Should I Know about Dentures?
There is a period of adjustment when you first get your dentures. You will have to take a bit of time to get used to eating with them, so at first you might want to limit yourself to soft foods that are easy to eat. You can continue to expand your choice of foods as you get used to chewing with your dentures. Be careful to avoid foods that are too hard or too hot. You will also want to avoid chewing gum with dentures.
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