Choosing a tooth replacement option can be daunting. Several options may be available to you, but one choice that has remained popular for many years is dentures. Dr. Nima Afzalian offers quality dentures at My Dental and Implants in Glendale, Arizona. Even if you have decided dentures are best for you, there are several types you can choose from. Let’s take a closer look at dentures and why we need them.
There are many reasons why an individual could be missing some or all of their permanent teeth. One, if not the most common, the reason for tooth loss in adults is irreparable tooth decay. Other causes could include advanced gum disease, tooth fractures, or because of physical trauma. When you lose a tooth, it can have a significant impact on your appearance, leading to self-esteem issues. You may find that you are not smiling as much because you wish to hide your smile. You may also have trouble properly chewing or speaking. All of these issues are further compounded when you are missing multiple teeth.
Your teeth use each other for support, and losing even a single tooth can lead to serious dental health issues. This makes getting a tooth replacement option, such as a denture, critical. When a tooth is not replaced, the time, effort, and cost to correct your dental health will become much greater the longer you wait.
Sometimes, despite preventive measures that have been taken or even an early diagnosis of a particular dental health issue, tooth loss cannot be avoided. In some situations, it is the only viable choice available, making a partial or complete denture an excellent choice. Dentures are a very popular and effective method of tooth replacement that restores your smile and provides the functionality needed to chew and speak properly. Beyond that, a denture will have you smiling again!
When you have decided to pursue dentures for tooth loss, you will have several options you can choose from. Some choices will depend on your personal situation, while others will be made on personal preference. A partial denture is a possible option if you need to replace a set number but not all of your teeth. A partial denture works great when you are not looking to replace an entire arch of teeth. However, a complete denture will become necessary if you want to replace your entire arch of teeth.
Now, onto personal choice. When choosing dentures, you can select between dentures that are removable or fixed. If you choose removable, you can take them out and easily clean them. A fixed denture can only be removed by your dentist and require routine cleaning and maintenance, but it can be a bit more complicated and expensive. Unlike the others, this option offers unique benefits and is supported by implants.
While other denture options merely rest on top of the gums, an implant-supported denture attaches to dental implants. One huge benefit to this is that the implants replace the missing tooth roots, allowing the preservation of your jawbone. Because other denture options sit on the gums, the jawbone can deteriorate over time because it is not receiving the stimulation it requires. The roots of your teeth provided this stimulation every time pressure was applied to the tooth. Because an implant-supported denture is attached to the implant, this stimulation is restored, and you can rest easy about the long-term health of your jawbone. This option is more expensive and takes longer to implement, but it is worth it.
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