Not everyone looks forward to getting dentures. However, dentures can help individuals with eating and speaking easier. Dentures aren’t just for older people, and they can also greatly benefit younger people as well.
Tooth loss can occur at any time in someone’s life because of accidents or oral health-related problems. Dentures are one of the easiest and most readily available solutions to replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile.
If you think you need dentures, but aren’t sure, or are hesitating, then here is when you can know if it is the right time for you.
Do You Need Dentures?
Despite the common misconception that dentures are only for old people, anyone could use dentures due to tooth loss, no matter what age they are.
Tooth loss can usually happen by an injury to the mouth, due to tooth decay or mouth or gum disease. You could lose your teeth and end up needing dentures if you have:
- A hard time chewing food properly. Having significant tooth loss can be sure to cause tooth decay or experiencing an injury to the mouth, which makes it harder to chew on foods properly, especially food items that are hard or chewy. This means you could swallow larger pieces of food, which leads to more indigestion and stomach issues.
- Having red, swollen, tender gums. Gum inflammation is a sign of having periodontal disease, a more advanced version of gum disease. Having this severe gum disease can eventually cause negative changes to your teeth’ supportive structures, which causes bone loss and eventually tooth loss and a need for dentures.
- Experiencing severe, persistent toothaches. Toothaches are a sign of tooth decay that spreads into the tooth’s nerve. Sometimes a root canal is used to save the tooth. However, tooth decay can be too far gone, which means that your tooth will need to be extracted and replaced with a tooth implant or dentures.
Preventing Bone Loss in the Jaw
Implant-supported dentures are able to prevent any bone loss that is the result of missing teeth. Tooth roots help stimulate bone growth, so when teeth are extracted from the mouth, the jawbone can start to recede.
However, since dental implants can replace the root of missing teeth, they can simulate tooth roots, which reduces bone loss. Bone loss can cause further tooth loss on any remaining teeth.
There are also different denture options available to suit different needs.
Partial and Full Dentures
Partial dentures are a good solution for when only a few of your teeth are missing, and you otherwise have healthy teeth surrounding them which might not be able to support dental bridges. This means that partial dentures could be the best option for you. Partial dentures can replace one tooth or a section of your teeth and will be anchored to healthy adjacent teeth using metal clasps.
Partial dentures are designed to look like your natural teeth, they help you chew food and speak properly and can help prevent your natural teeth from wearing down prematurely or falling out.