Are Dentures the Right “Fit” for You?

When you think of dentures, is the first thing that comes to mind a pair of cheap, prefabricated dentures that sit on a bedside nightstand?

While that is what many patients who are candidates for dentures think, the reality is that dentures have come a long way in the last 10-20 years, and are a much more viable solution for patients who are missing all of their teeth.

In this article, we’re going to discuss a few benefits of dentures and give you more insight into whether or not you are a good candidate for dentures.


What are dentures?

dentures-squareDentures are a set of artificial teeth that sit on top of the gums and give someone who has lost all of their teeth the appearance of having a natural-looking, beautiful smile.

While dentures may never feel quite as secure as your natural teeth (because they are not anchored to your jawbone), a custom-fit set of dentures will be an effective solution to improve your smile and replace teeth that have been lost due to trauma or other issues.

There are two primary types of dentures– full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures are exactly what they sound like, as they rest on top of your bottom gums and replace all of your teeth.

On the other hand, a partial denture may be attached to the teeth you have left via a metal frame. This article from Colgate explains the difference (with pictures) in detail:

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/dentures/article/what-are-dentures


What are the primary benefits of dentures?

Dentures aren’t just a purely cosmetic solution. While an improved smile is a primary benefit, here are a few others that you may not have thought of…

– Dentures help you eat a wider variety of foods. If you are missing all of your teeth, or have teeth that are decaying, dentures can vastly improve your quality of life by allowing you to enjoy a wider variety of foods. For instance, a set of dentures that are custom-made just for you means that you can eat some candy, apples, and other foods that were impossible to enjoy before.

– Dentures improve your facial symmetry. Teeth are important to avoid facial sagging. When a person loses his or her teeth, they will oftentimes appear to have a “droopy face.” A custom set of dentures from Longleaf Dental in Albany can solve this problem.

– Dentures are removable. This means that you essentially have a custom-crafted set of teeth that can be removed and cleaned thoroughly. It’s a great solution!

Dentures are a minimally-invasive procedure. In some cases remaining teeth may need to be pulled, but a numbing agent is used to keep you relaxed during the procedure. There is no complex surgery or drilling required.


What are the cons?

dentures-squareIn the interest of transparency, we also feel it is important to discuss a few of the potential issues that can arise as a result of wearing dentures. Here are a few of them:

– Dentures can shift in your mouth. Sometimes you may find your dentures are shifting. If this happens, it means that you need to schedule a dentures adjustment at our office.

– Dentures can be fragile. When you take your dentures out, you must handle them with care. Keep them in a safe place and away from children where they could become damaged.

– Dentures are not a permanent solution like dental implants. While dentures can certainly improve your appearance and quality of life, they are not “built for the long haul” like dental implants. If you are looking for a permanent solution, we’ve written an article on it, which you can read below:

https://longleafdental.com/5-benefits-of-dental-implants-for-albany-residents/


Am I a candidate for dentures?

It depends. The first step is scheduling your dentures consultation with our practice. You’ll be seen by one of our caring dentists, which you can read more about here (https://longleafdental.com/meet-our-dentists/). At Longleaf Dental, our entire team understands that undergoing any dental procedure is very important for our patients, and thus we do everything we can to ensure you feel comfortable with the dentures procedure, and that all of your questions are answered.

If you think that dentures may be right for you, call our office today, or contact us to schedule your dentures consultation.