As we get older, our teeth get worn down, and our gums start to recede. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to complicated dental surgery or even the removal of teeth, leaving patients with unsightly gaps which leads them to forget their smiles. Dental surgery is not usually on the top of people’s to-do lists, but the good news is that there are now numerous options available to restore your smile. In the case of teeth removal, Full or Partial Dentures are an option, and increasingly, so are dental implants.
Why Would I Need Dentures?
Our lifestyles can have a significant impact on the health of our teeth. If we have high sugar diets or don’t maintain adequate teeth maintenance, then we will most likely have problems at some point in the future.
More positive aspects of our lifestyles can also have an impact on the general health of our teeth. For example, people who play certain sports are at risk of accidents that can lead to tooth removal. High-contact sports like boxing, football, and soccer carry a larger risk.
Whatever issues lead to the removal of your teeth, you are unlikely to want to show off the gaps in your teeth. The problems associated with not having a full mouth of teeth are difficulty in eating, speaking, and premature aging due to facial muscles not being fully supported by your jaw.
Luckily there have been many developments in this area, so there is no real reason to have to lose your smile as a result of teeth loss and removal. This is where modern dentistry can come in extremely useful.
What Is the Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures?
Dentures are replacements for lost teeth and are custom-made especially for the individual patient. Once the dentist has recommended the use of dentures, they will take an imprint of your jaw. From this, your ‘new’ teeth will be built for you. They will be designed to fit perfectly over your gums.
Which type of dentures a patient will require will be dependent on the level of damage to the original teeth.
Partial dentures only replace a few teeth and work alongside the remaining teeth, while full dentures will replace your remaining teeth. In both cases, the dentures can take some getting used to. However, these days, the materials are much more comfortable and more natural-looking.
Are There Any Alternatives?
In recent years, dentistry has developed in this field, and in the case of partial restorative work, the dentist may recommend dental implants.
Dental implants can replace everything from a single tooth to a full mouth, eliminating the need for dentures. This procedure involves placing a titanium root in the gum and then attaching a porcelain crown. The advantages of this are that your ‘new’ teeth will have a more natural look and feel.
Unfortunately, this method is currently more expensive than conventional dentures and is not available for all patients.
What Should I Do?
If you are worried about the general health of your teeth, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible. During your appointment, you will get a thorough check-up which enables the dentist to give you the best possible advice.
We understand that the prospect of having teeth removed can be worrying, but we have years of experience in this field and can help put your mind at ease.
Call us today to book an appointment and get your smile back.