What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are formed to your mouth and created by your dentist to replace lost or removed natural teeth. Dentures can either be full or partial, meaning they can either replace all teeth on either the top or bottom gum line or just a few missing teeth. Regardless of what kind of dentures you may need, they will be custom-designed to fit your mouth and visually matched to your existing teeth.
What are the benefits of Dentures?
Dentures not only improve the appearance of a smile that has multiple missing teeth, but they also keep the structure of the mouth sound by supporting the structures around the cheeks and lips. Dentures also make it possible to eat foods that require chewing, making it possible to keep your diet the same and ensure that you are properly nourished. Lastly, dentures are a viable solution to replace teeth that are causing serious pain and oral health issues, such as those with rotted roots or severe damage. Having dentures fitted means that troublesome teeth are eliminated and replaced with a strong and beautiful alternative.
Are Dentures Safe?
Yes, dentures are generally very safe. The biggest concern is inflammation and/or infection resulting from poor-fitting dentures, which can rub on sensitive gums and cause sore spots. Therefore, ensuring a correctly fitting denture is quite important, not just for comfort, but for your general health. However, with proper cleaning and regular dental appointments, most patients won’t experience any infection, inflammation, or dental ailments.
What are Alternatives to Dentures?
If dentures are not the right solution for you, there are other restorative procedures that may achieve a similar desired outcome. These include overdentures, bridges, and/or implants. Our doctors will be happy to discuss these alternatives with you and find the right fit.