Having missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious when smiling or make you feel less confident about your appearance. Often, people associate the replacement of missing or damaged teeth with dentures. Although effective, some people do not feel comfortable with dentures. Dentures are often associated with being older and have a reputation for sometimes making eating and speaking more difficult. Fortunately, there are denture alternatives available. We will discuss them in this article.
What Causes Tooth Loss Or Damage?
Participation in sports, especially contact sports, can cause facial injuries that include injuries to the teeth. Teeth can also be lost because of malnutrition, disease, and genetic disorders. Malnutrition can lead to receding gums and the loosening and the complete loss of teeth. The loss of teeth can affect the way you smile, bite and speak. Tooth loss can also lead to the deterioration of your jawbone and the premature aging of your face.
Why Do People Choose Dentures?
Despite often being associated with tooth replacement for the aged, dentures can be used by people of any age who need to replace lost teeth. Dentures are a fully customized tooth replacement option. However, they are not a permanent solution. Dentures are a good option for restoring your beautiful smile. Denture alternatives are also a highly affordable tooth replacement option.
Types of Dentures
They come in three types: conventional full, immediate full, and partial. Conventional full are what come to mind when most of us think of dentures. They are designed to replace a full mouth of teeth. Immediate full are similar, but they are designed as a temporary device for use prior to tooth removal. Partial dentures are used to replace certain teeth. They are designed to fit onto your healthy teeth as a way to keep them in place. If your teeth are not healthy enough to attach them, crowns can be placed to create a more solid attachment surface.
One of the most popular denture alternatives is dental implants. Unlike dentures, implants are meant to permanently replace missing teeth. The permanency of dental implants is one of the reasons many people opt for them. They have the added benefit of reinforcing your jawbone. The implants themselves act similarly to your tooth’s natural root. A replacement tooth is attached to it. Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures. When they are, the unit is referred to as an implant-supported denture.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a good candidate for denture alternatives like dental implants. One of the main criteria is that your gums and jawbone are healthy enough to support the implants. If you are interested in dental implants, during your consultation, your oral health and ability to tolerate implants will be assessed.
For more information on denture alternatives, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our staff and dental professionals will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you determine the best choice for you. Contact us at Cascades Center for Dental Health in Sterling, VA, and schedule your consultation today.