You may have chipped your tooth playing basketball, eating an exceptionally hard piece of candy, or not taken proper hygienic care of your teeth. With a variety of dental options to remedy the situation, it can be difficult to know which option will be the most cost effective, the most durable, and the most comfortable. Dentures may or may not be the solution you need, but a professional dentist can help figure out what is.
Affordable and efficient
People naturally associate dentures with senior citizens, assuming dentures are only a necessity once all of the teeth are missing. This is not entirely accurate, as dentures can replace multiple teeth through a variety of ages. Although, dentures may not be the recommendation from a dentist if the patient is young or another option is the better choice.
The American Dental Association writes about dentures on mouthhealthy.org, clarifying that “Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile.” There are several forms of dentures for a patient to choose. Mouthhealthy.org explains one form to be a conventional denture, “placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.”
Directly following the removal of several or all teeth, an immediate denture may be the best choice. An immediate denture “is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed,” mouthhealthy.org adds. This procedure will allow the patient to heal after the procedure with a set of teeth. An overdenture is another form of denture that “fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist.”
Along with these forms of dentures, there are other implant options for the patient. Dentists usually recommend dentures after a patient has lost most of his or her teeth. Deciding to get dentures does not have to be a difficult process.
Are dentures the right choice for you?
Dentures can be extremely useful in re-creating the semblance and function of a full set of teeth, but may not be for everyone. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, AAID, describes some of the reasons that people choose do not choose dentures.
“If you are looking for the lowest cost in the near-term, dentures can be a good option,” the AAID starts. However, “Dentures don't last as long as some other tooth replacement options, so you should expect to purchase new dentures every several years.” Every dental product will have some pros and cons that a patient needs to consider before purchase.
Dentures are built fairly quickly and are, “available from a variety of sources,” the AAID adds. Another reason some people may dislike dentures, according to the AAID, is that “Dentures must be cleaned outside of the mouth by rinsing them and soaking them overnight.” Since the maintenance of dentures is more than brushing and flossing teeth, some may choose an alternative.
Before making the choice, seek a professional dentist to assess the situation and help you find the best option.
Advanced Dentistry of Walnut Creek
At Advanced Dentistry of Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek, CA, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff will go over any important facts you need to know about your treatment.
If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us. We will answer any questions and make sure you get the help to feel comfortable with your treatment. We can help prevent any constant damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health.