What Are Dentures And Are They Good For You?
Updated: Nov 11
Dentures, also called artificial teeth or dental implants, are false teeth that replace missing ones. There are many different types of dentures, and each type has advantages and disadvantages. You should talk to your dentist if you think you might need dentures in order to maintain a healthy smile.
What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth that fit over your existing teeth to give you back a full mouth of gnashers. They can be made of plastic, metal, or acrylic depending on the needs of the patient. (More on this later.)
Dentures come in two forms: partial and complete. Partial dentures replace missing teeth in an arch (a group of teeth) or even just one tooth at a time, while complete dentures are used to replace your entire set of natural chompers if you've lost them all—either through an accident, disease or age-related wear and tear. The latter is obviously much more invasive than the former; if you have partial dentures to begin with but lose a few more teeth down the road due to changing bite patterns or simply because they're old age-ing out on ya', then no biggie! You'll just need some new "fronts" before they start showing through again. But if it's all gone? Well, welcome to life as an adult with no real molars whatsoever!
Who needs dentures?
Dentures are ideal for those who have lost most or all of their teeth, including people with bad gums and gum disease. If you're missing some or all of your teeth, a denture can help bring back balance to your smile and improve the way you feel about yourself.
Dentures are also a good option for those who have just lost some teeth due to decay or other causes. In fact, many patients choose dentures over partial plates because they're simpler and less expensive than having multiple implants put in place.
Benefits of dentures
Denture patients will often experience a significant increase in their confidence and self-esteem. They feel more confident about their smile, which is important for both social interactions and professional success.
Dentures can help improve oral health because they replace missing teeth, which can lead to bone loss and gum disease. The reduction of bacteria that causes decay by filling in the spaces between your remaining teeth makes this a very effective way to protect against cavities and toothaches.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, dentures may be the best option for you because they will reduce the amount of stress placed on your remaining natural teeth as well as help you chew & swallow food more comfortably than when using an alternative like bridges or implants (especially if these options are less financially viable). In fact, many people who were told by their dentist that they would need numerous crowns actually find that getting dentures instead saves them money over time! That's because each time there's a dental procedure done on one tooth - even if it's only once per year - there is always an associated cost such as x-rays/exams; anesthesia fees; crowns/bridges...etc...
Drawbacks of dentures
Dentures can be uncomfortable. If you wear dentures, your mouth is going to have a different feel than before—and that may not be pleasant. For example, dentures tend to get sticky and gummy when they're wet or covered by foods like mashed potatoes. Also, if you’re wearing an upper plate but no lower denture (or vice versa), you might find that the unsupported teeth have trouble remaining in their proper place while chewing food.
Dentures can be expensive. The average cost of a full set of dentures is $3,500—and that’s just for basic models made out of plastic resin material rather than more advanced materials like porcelain or gold alloys for added durability and longevity!
Dentures are hard to clean properly. Brushing your teeth isn't enough; special cleaning solutions are required for maintaining healthy gums and jawbones around where the fake teeth fit into place, as well as removing any bacteria buildup from food particles trapped within crevices between these artificial replacements' surfaces (which would otherwise cause gum disease).
How to care for dentures
Your dentist will give you a care plan to follow when you have your dentures made.
Brush and floss daily.
Wash dentures in a solution of water and baking soda, then rinse with plain water. Store them in a glass of water when not in use.
Use denture adhesive remover to remove food particles from the underside of the braces before soaking or rinsing them as described above.
Dentures can help you maintain a beautiful smile, but there are some drawbacks to consider.
Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth.
They can help you maintain a beautiful smile and improve your oral health.
Dentures can help you eat and speak better, which will make you feel more confident in social situations.
They may also help prevent gum disease, by keeping food particles out of the gum pockets between your teeth and gums.
In conclusion, we hope that this article has helped you understand what dentures are and whether or not they are right for you. If so, then we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about how we can help improve your oral health by replacing missing teeth with a denture!