When Are Dentures the Right Choice?

When Are Dentures the Right Choice?

Missing teeth can affect your smile and chewing habits and increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Gaps in your teeth affect your speech and appearance. Dentures are a great option for anyone with missing teeth.

At Hometown Family Dental Centers — with locations in Fayetteville, Vass, and Raeford, North Carolina — our providers offer dentures to restore your smile and improve your oral health. Whether you’re missing just a few teeth or an entire top or bottom set, our specialists provide custom-made full or partial dentures. Are they the right choice for you?

Dentures 101

Dentures are removable artificial teeth with an acrylic base that looks like your gums, so dentures look natural. The dentures sit directly on top of your gums. Depending on the number of teeth you’re missing, you may need full or partial dentures. 

Partial dentures

A partial denture replaces one or more missing teeth with several artificial teeth using a bracket. Metal clasps hold them in place, or we can attach the dentures to dental implants for additional sturdiness. Partial dentures often have hidden metal clasps, so no one sees them when you smile or speak.

Full dentures

Our experts use full dentures when you have no teeth left in the upper or lower jaw (or both). You can remove a full-arch denture — it’s not firmly anchored in the jaw but instead adheres to the gums of the jaw ridge through suction or negative pressure. A palatal plate on the upper denture provides additional stability. 

When are dentures suitable for me?

Dentures are a functional and aesthetic solution for people who’ve lost one or more teeth. This prosthetic appliance may suit you if you have missing teeth, jaw pain, or facial drooping. Dentures are a good choice if you don’t want to undergo surgery to get dental implants or you don’t have enough healthy bone for implants.

Ease chewing difficulty

Losing a tooth or teeth is an uncomfortable experience for many people. Gaps in teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile or make chewing difficult. Neighboring teeth eventually migrate, tilt, and grow crooked. Dentures are an ideal solution to replace missing teeth to ensure remaining teeth stay where they should.

Prevent jaw pain

Missing teeth change your bite, which often leads to teeth grinding or jaw pain. You can experience pain when chewing as well. Eventually, missing teeth can also lead to shoulder and neck problems and frequent headaches. Jaw pain or teeth grinding also leads to more costly dental problems in the future. Dentures reduce or prevent pain while keeping your mouth healthy for years to come.

Stop facial drooping

Your jawbone requires stimulation from a complete set of teeth, so when you’re missing teeth, the bone erodes and you lose facial volume. Dentures help prevent facial drooping, improving your profile, smile, and self-confidence.

Denture durability

Dentures last five to eight years. When you take excellent care of your prosthetic teeth, you lengthen their lifespan. Your dentist teaches you how to maintain your dentures and clean them to prevent the buildup of plaque and food debris that causes bad breath and gum damage.

When you choose dentures, trust the Hometown Family Dental Centers team. Contact the location nearest you or request an appointment online today to learn more about how dentures can improve your smile and quality of life.

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