4 Reasons You Might Need Dentures
Throughout recorded history, humans have dealt with missing and lost teeth in a number of ways. Centuries ago, this may have been primarily a functional matter, since people did need to eat.
Some of the earliest dentures were made with teeth taken from animals or from corpses. Wood, beeswax, ivory, and animal horns have also been used to fashion replacement teeth.
With modern dentistry, however, we’ve developed better materials to provide denture wearers something that will both function and look like real teeth.
You may be wondering where you can go to get dentures in or near Rochester Hills. That place is Hubbard and Leath Dental. Dentures are one of the many cosmetic dental services we offer in our office.
Reasons to get dentures
The improvements in cosmetic dentistry have been beneficial for all our patients, but perhaps for none more so than dentures wearers. Whether you need full or partial dentures, we have options to fulfill your needs.
You may be debating whether you need dentures. If so, here are four reasons you might want to say yes to getting them:
1. Oral health – This may be the most important reason. If you have suffered tooth loss or serious damage to your teeth as a result of tooth decay, you could be putting your gums and jawbone at risk as well.
Dentures can replace what’s left of your natural teeth. If you choose dental implant-supported dentures, you may even have something close to the full chewing power you had with your natural teeth. In some cases, it might even be better.
2. Support. If you still have some natural teeth, partial dentures can provide the needed support between those teeth to keep them in place. Without support, it’s possible those teeth will “drift” in your gums. With the added support from your dentures, it’s also less likely that food particles will become trapped in unusual places in your mouth.
3. Ending your pain. You may be experiencing pain on a daily basis if you have a severe tooth decay. If a root canal isn’t possible, removing the teeth causing the pain and replacing them with dentures can end your pain.
4. Appearance and quality of life. Missing teeth are not a good look on anyone (except maybe a few kids waiting for a visit from the Tooth Fairy). If you are missing several teeth, you may be self-conscious about your appearance.
Because of the gaps in your teeth, you may be hesitant to go out to eat with others. Dentures can help fill in the gaps in your mouth and improve your sense of confidence, which can make you more open to enjoying life.
Types of dentures
As we mentioned earlier, dentures have improved quite a bit since we were using animal bones as replacements for our teeth. Today you can get high-quality, sturdy dentures that look, feel, and function nearly as well as natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are one of the best innovations in modern dentistry.
Dental implants serve as replacements for the roots of your teeth. These implants are placed directly into your jawbone, making them incredibly secure and stable.
Once your mouth has healed from the placement, we can fit your implants with full dentures or partial dentures (sometimes referred to as a bridge) to replace your missing teeth.
Because this type of denture is secured to the implant, you can bite with more force, which means you can eat many, if not all, of the foods you love. These dentures are also less likely to pop out at other times, such as in the middle of a conversation with a friend or coworker.
Traditional dentures are held in place with an adhesive. In many situations, this is enough to keep them in place. You may not have the biting and chewing power that you have with implant-secured dentures, but you will still have the appearance of a full smile and a complete set of teeth.
When you meet with your cosmetic dentist, you can learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of dentures. Together, you can find the solution that will work best for you.
If you are ready to talk to someone about dentures, we would love it if you would come talk to us at Hubbard and Leath Dental. Our team wants to restore you smile and your confidence.