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Historically, dentures are one of the most common choices used to replace missing teeth. Today’s dentures are comfortable, easy to wear, and look very natural. A denture can help you regain your smile and keep it bright for years to come.
When it comes to tooth replacement, today’s advancements in prosthetic and cosmetic dentistry provide numerous options. Dentures remain a popular choice for many people who have lost teeth, especially if they have lost an entire arc of teeth or even all their teeth. In the past, dentures have been bulky and sometimes difficult to adjust to, but over the past several years, the structure of dentures has improved so they are lighter and much more comfortable.
Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth, and should remain firmly in place even without use of denture adhesive. If your dentures are uncomfortable, you should see your dentist to see if they need to be adjusted. With proper care, dentures can last a long time. Typically, a denture will need to be adjusted every few years, and possibly relined as your mouth changes shape.
Advantages and Disadvantages to Dentures
Dentures tend to be less expensive than some other tooth replacement options. They do not require oral surgery, like dental implants, or restructuring of adjacent teeth as is the case with a crown and bridge replacement. Many people see these as important advantages when choosing tooth replacement options.
Dentures do have some disadvantages, however, including:
- Dentures must be removed regularly to be cleaned
- Dentures require a special cleaning routine, unlike some other options
- Over time, the shape of your jawbone will change because dentures do not stimulate the jawbone to regenerate
- Dentures can become loose and require adjustment as the shape of your jawbone changes
Many dentists recommend dental implants as the ideal tooth replacement option; however some people cannot choose this option due to various issues that affect their ability to heal after surgery, or that make it difficult for the bone to bond to the dental implant. For these people, dentures are an excellent option and can provide a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Are you considering tooth replacement? Contact our office at Devine Dentistry today!