How Dentures Could Improve Your Quality of Life
When most people think of dentures, they imagine the old-fashioned ones that elderly people wore in outdated movies and TV shows. While elderly people can benefit from wearing dentures, anyone with missing teeth can improve their quality of life with them. Modern dentures are comfortable, easy to use and so subtle that no one will notice the difference. If you’re dealing with missing teeth, contact Godley Station Dental to learn what we can do for you.
Who Could Benefit from Wearing Dentures?
A person with one or two missing teeth could benefit from another dental prosthesis like dental implants or a bridge. However, you might want to look into getting dentures if you are missing a row of teeth that are starting to affect your quality of life. You might have trouble eating, forcing you to give up your favorite foods and rely on soft foods or liquids. If the situation gets bad enough, you might struggle to eat solid food at all.
Patients can lose multiple teeth at any stage of life. Here are some of the most common reasons why patients lose their teeth:
- Their teeth decay due to poor dental hygiene, resulting in tooth extraction.
- Blunt force trauma knocks out several of their teeth.
- A history of gum disease makes their teeth loosen or fall out.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco causes tooth decay or makes their teeth fall out altogether.
- Natural aging along with poor dental hygiene leads to gum disease and tooth loss.
- Health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure make them more susceptible to tooth decay.
Whatever the case, you don’t have to “tough it out” and deal with tooth loss when you can visit the dentist and get a set of dentures.
What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
Contrary to popular belief, a full set of dentures isn’t the only option that we offer at Godley Station Dental. You can invest in partial dentures if you’re missing only a section of your teeth. Here’s a rundown of the different implants and products that we offer.
This is the classic set. Complete dentures replace all your teeth so you can go back to chewing solid food and enjoying your favorite dishes again. Typically, we recommend complete dentures for people who have lost all or most of their teeth. If you still have a few teeth left, we may extract them so we can outfit you with a set of complete teeth. They are completely removable so you can wear and remove them at your convenience.
With immediate dentures, you won’t leave the dentist’s office without a new set of teeth. We make your custom-fitted dentures before you arrive, then remove your remaining teeth during the appointment and give you a new set. This is ideal for people who don’t want to wait for their new fixtures to arrive.
Removable Partial Dentures
We recommend removable partial dentures for people who need to replace only a section of their teeth, not the entire set. Like full dentures, partials replicate the appearance of the tissue and allow you to chew with a full mouth of teeth. You can remove these dentures anytime, making them ideal for people who don’t want a permanent implant in their mouth.
Fixed Partial Dentures
These are implants that replace a section of teeth. You might qualify for this option if you still have enough teeth to support the implant. These supported dentures are a permanent fixture in your mouth—once they’re installed, you can’t remove them at home. However, they’re stronger than removable dentures and make it easier to chew solid food without worrying about them sliding out.
These are convenient as they snap in place over your dental implants. These implants are stronger and more secure than traditional dentures. We offer a permanent solution or a temporary option if you want to remove them easily. Implant-retained dentures can replace every tooth in your mouth.
How Well Do Dentures Replace Natural Teeth?
Modern dentures are so realistic that no one will know that you’re wearing them. You might even forget sometimes. They perfectly replicate the appearance of natural teeth and healthy gum tissue, enabling you to chew solid foods and enjoy a better quality of life. You’ll also see a radiant smile when you look in the mirror. Instead of missing or decayed teeth, you’ll have a mouth full of white teeth that you’re proud to show off.
How Do You Know if You Need Dentures?
If you’re not sure if you need dentures, schedule an appointment with Godley Station Dental. We’ll evaluate your situation and figure out what’s causing the problem. Dentures aren’t always the first option—you might need a different treatment to repair your teeth and gums. However, here’s a few signs that you might need denture implants:
- You can’t eat solid food without pain—or worse, you can’t eat solid food at all.
- You suffer from severe toothaches that make it difficult to function.
- Your teeth keep moving and shifting, suggesting that you might suffer from bone loss.
- Your gums are red, inflamed, and bloody, well beyond the early stages of gum disease.
- You’re missing so many teeth that it’s hard to chew your food normally.
- Your teeth are gradually loosening and falling out.
- You suffer from indigestion because you can’t fully chew your food before you swallow.
Where Can You Go for Help?
With the advent of modern technology, getting dentures and dental implants are a much safer and more comfortable procedure. You don’t have to make a decision right away—you can simply talk to our professionals and figure out which option is right for you. We offer a wealth of information on getting dentures, keeping them clean, and coming back for repairs. Whether you need partials or full tooth removal, our clean, state-of-the-art facility has everything you need for a successful procedure.
In addition to dentures, our list of services includes dental bridges, fillings, crowns, dental implants, and other common procedures. Other services include cosmetic procedures like veneers and teeth whitening. We also perform basic cleanings to help you keep your teeth clean, white, and healthy throughout the year. For children, ask about our pediatric dentistry services that instill them with a lifelong commitment to dental hygiene.
If you’re a new or returning patient, fill out the form on our website or call our office to schedule an appointment. Call us any time if you have questions about our services or procedures. We can’t wait to make you feel confident about your smile again.