Dentures are a fantastic way to restore function and aesthetic appeal to your smile. If you’ve lost some teeth, why just manage with what you’ve got when you could have teeth that replicate your natural smile and allow you to enjoy all the things you could prior to tooth loss? Here are all the great benefits that dentures can offer.
What are dentures?
Dentures, aka false teeth, are a prosthetic set of teeth used as a partial or entire replacement for tooth loss. They are custom made to suit the shape of your mouth and gums, with the purpose being to mimic your natural teeth allowing you to eat and smile normally. Dentures can be anything from a singular tooth right up to an entire set, top and bottom.
Why do teeth fall out?
Teeth can fall out for many reasons. Here are some of them:
- Periodontal disease
- Misaligned teeth
- Medical conditions
- Poor diet
- Lack of oral hygiene
What other options do I have to replace missing teeth?
Dentures are a fantastic option however, they are not the only option available for missing teeth. Dental implants are another suitable choice for people who have lost one or many teeth. Dental implants are typically more expensive and do require surgery. Titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone. These are essentially an artificial root that then has an abutment and crown attached to them. Dental implants are permanent fixtures, and once healed, you can resume normal eating.
If you only have a few teeth missing, a partial denture may be better suited to you than a full denture.
Benefits of having dentures
Improve your ability to eat a wide variety of foods
For many, food plays a big part in their everyday lives and being able to enjoy the foods they love is integral to their overall wellbeing. Having a full set of teeth again with the help of dentures allows people to eat foods that they perhaps couldn’t in recent times due to pain or lack of teeth to chew. Teeth, while small, can have a huge impact on one’s self-worth and being able to go out and enjoy a meal in confidence is a game-changer.
They look natural
It’s a common misconception that dentures look big, clunky, and fake but, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Dentures today are so realistic that unless you told someone that you had prosthetic teeth, it’s extremely unlikely that they would have guessed it. If you have some natural teeth remaining, your partial dentures can be coloured matched and shaped to complement your existing smile. Your Dental Prosthetist can work collaboratively with you until you find the perfect new set of teeth.
Reinstate structure within the face
When you have gaps from missing teeth, over time the jawbone shrinks and as it does this, it reduces the amount of facial support that it provides. The more teeth you have missing and for longer, the less muscle and bone support you’ll have in your face. It is not uncommon for those with missing teeth to have sagging cheeks and sunken in areas, and this can make someone look much older than they actually are. Having properly fitted dentures provides sufficient support to the face and muscles and can prevent a saggy and sunken look.
Give you back your confidence
Having missing teeth can be a blow to the confidence. When you have a sparkling set of teeth it can make you look younger and give you a new lease on life. You no longer have to feel self-conscious when smiling or talking to others.
Dentures can give the same look for less. When compared to dental implants, dentures are far more affordable. It allows people to get back restorative function without breaking the bank.
Dentures sit on the gums whereas dental implants are inserted into the jawbone. This procedure is quite invasive and can be painful. The downtime is much longer than using dentures.
Prevent mouth and gum conditions
Gum disease can be progressed with missing teeth. Dentures can help to reduce the likelihood of this condition developing by re-establishing the natural teeth’s function.
Simple to look after
Dentures are a breeze to clean as they are fully removable. This enables you to brush every nook and cranny, leaving them shiny and fresh, ready for you to wear next time.
Lightweight and comfortable
Modern-day dentures are superior to any other dentures in the past. These days they are lightweight and hyper-realistic, giving you a smile that is as close to the original thing.
Hugs your gums to provide the ultimate comfort
Dentures are custom-made to suit the wearer’s mouth. Your Dental Prosthetist can make indefinite adjustments until you find the perfect fit allowing you to talk, eat and sing discomfort-free. By going for regular check-ups, you can notify your Dental Prosthetist of any issues you are having, and they can make alterations if need be.
We hope this post has given you an insight into all the great benefits that dentures can offer. You can get Same Day Dentures! If you would like to ask some more questions or book in a consultation, get in touch with the experts here at Denture Care Professionals Australia. We can formulate a comprehensive treatment plan customised to your individual needs to give you a renewed smile. Contact us today!