There are many reasons people lose their teeth. Some may be because of an accident, others may be due to an illness. There are also those who lose their teeth as a result of aging and/or poor oral hygiene. But regardless of the reason, the effects are the same: people with missing teeth often feel less confident about themselves and at the same time, their ability to chew is also affected.
At Children & Adult Dentistry, we have many patients who come to our office looking for a solution to missing teeth. Our dentists can restore the function and esthetics of your teeth by implementing either a partial or full denture treatment plan depending on your needs.
Advantages of Dentures
Also referred to as false teeth, both full and partial dentures offer several key advantages:
- Improved chewing ability
- Improved smile
- Improved facial appearance
- Improved speech
- Improved oral health
The denture’s tooth portion is comprised of ceramic material or a comparable material so it’s durable and strong. The base is made of acrylic which ensures comfort when worn over the gums.
Full Dentures vs. Partial Dentures
Full dentures are composed of a full set of lower and upper teeth. This type of denture is recommended for patients who have lost all their teeth, or if the remaining teeth have deteriorated and need to be removed. Partial dentures, on the other hand, fill the spaces created by a few missing teeth and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting.
What to Expect
Obtaining dentures entail several appointments with your dentist in the course of several weeks. Your dentist will first get impressions and measurements to create your custom denture. Once the denture is ready, you will need to fit it and it will be adjusted as necessary to ensure proper fit, color and shape.
At the beginning, you may notice an increase in the flow of saliva in your mouth as well as some soreness and difficulty in chewing. These are normal and will subside after a few days. Your dentist will provide you with care instructions and by caring for them properly and visiting your dentist regularly, your dentures can last a very long time.
Alternative to Conventional Dentures
Patients who do not like the traditional metal-based dentures can opt for flexible partial dentures which are not rigidly attached to your remaining teeth. This type of denture feels more comfortable and natural-looking because of its design, materials and fit. Flexible dentures can also be made faster than conventional dentures.
If you have missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for dentures. Please call our Fort Myers dental office at (239) 939-7070 to schedule an appointment.