Losing a tooth or multiple teeth doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a replacement, however, many people choose to have their missing teeth replaced to give them back their confidence in the look of their smile.
There are other reasons why having dentures fitted is an important decision, as a missing tooth can affect your mouth in more ways than just appearance. Having a missing tooth can cause every day functions of the mouth to be different, such as chewing and speaking.
If you have a missing molar then it may be very difficult to eat certain foods, and a missing tooth in any part of your mouth can change the way that you speak. Both of these changes can impact your confidence, making you worry about speaking or eating certain foods.
A missing tooth can also cause facial changes and problems with your jaw, as the tooth that used to be there played an important role in supporting your jaw. Some people may notice that their cheeks have a more sunken appearance after losing one or more teeth, and an increased number of wrinkles around the mouth is also a common side-effect.
The purpose of dentures is both to restore the look of a person’s smile and to restore the function of their mouth, making it easier to eat and talk, preventing the cheeks from sinking, protecting the jaw muscles, and stopping any other alterations to facial appearance.
The Types of Dentures
Dentures are available in three main types: conventional/full, partial, and immediate. Your dentist will either suggest partial or full dentures, depending on how many teeth are missing, and may also offer immediate dentures, if you’re concerned about the look of your smile whilst your dentures are being created.
Conventional/Full – A full denture is a removable set of false teeth that’s used when all of a person’s bottom or top teeth are missing, either due to problems with the teeth that required them to be removed, or due to an accident that has caused the teeth to fall out. For the bottom teeth, the denture will have a horseshoe-like appearance, and is designed to rest on the gums, while for the top teeth, the denture will take the form of a plate that’s fitted to the roof of the mouth.
Partial – A partial denture is used when a person has lost one or more of their teeth, but not all of them. Like a conventional denture, a partial denture is removable, but the appearance of the denture is slightly different. Taking the form of a metal framework, the partial denture is attached to the natural teeth, with the false teeth attached to the denture then able to fill any gaps.
Immediate – An immediate denture is a little different to a conventional or partial denture in that it’s only designed to be used for a short amount of time before it needs to be realigned. This type of denture is fitted immediately after dental surgery, with the main purpose being to immediately restore the look of natural teeth. However, due to the reshaping of the bone in the mouth as it begins to heal, these dentures won’t retain their snug fit for long.
Options for Dentures
Another variance between dentures is the types of materials that are used to create them. Your Chicago dentist will provide you with multiple options for how you want the frame and teeth in the dentures to be created. The materials that you choose, or that are suggested for you, will alter the way that the denture looks and feels.
There are three materials that are commonly used to make the framework for dentures: nylon, acrylic, or metal. Nylon is often chosen when a flexible base is required, acrylic denture bases can be dyed to match the natural color of the gumline, and metal bases are the strongest, but are often not very flexible.
Many denture teeth are made from either porcelain or acrylic resin. Porcelain is a good option for a natural-looking and feeling tooth, and for longevity, as porcelain is long-lasting. Acrylic resin is a cost-effective option as it’s generally less expensive than porcelain, it’s also quite strong and creates a very secure fit, however, an acrylic resin tooth will normally wear at a faster rate than the porcelain alternative.
The Benefits of Dentures
While there are many options available to restore a smile after one or more teeth have been lost, dentures offer an exceptional range of benefits, making them one of the most popular replacement options for a natural look and feel. Here are some of the main reasons why many people in Chicago choose dentures:
Easier to Speak
Having one or more missing teeth can make it difficult to speak normally. With dentures, you can reclaim your natural speech, and get back to talking as you once did.
More Comfortable to Eat
Many solutions to missing teeth restore the natural look but don’t provide a natural function. Dentures offer the natural look with the added benefit of increased comfort when eating. With no diet restrictions, you can enjoy your new look and your favorite food.
Stays in Place
Even though they’re removable, dentures are designed to stay in place, which means that you never need to worry about them slipping when you’re eating or speaking.
The natural look of dentures will fit almost seamlessly into your smile, permanently giving you back the natural look and feel that you’re used to.
Helps Jaw Muscles
Missing teeth can cause a range of problems, above and beyond an altered smile. Dentures help to support the jaw and facial muscles, so your facial features don’t start to change. Without a replacement tooth, or teeth, you may find that your cheeks begin to sink, and more wrinkles appear around the mouth area.
Dentures are one of the most comfortable solutions to solve the problem of one or more missing teeth. They not only look very natural, but they feel natural as well.
Having dentures fitted to replace broken, damaged, or missing teeth is a wonderful way to give you back your confidence in the appearance of your teeth.