Dentures are the most economical way to replace missing teeth when the patient is missing most of their natural teeth. These prosthetics look like real teeth and make it possible for the wearer to regain the function and aesthetics of the teeth they have lost. Thanks to dentures, the patient can go back to eating…
The Advantages of Modern Dentures
Most people take the normal, everyday activities like eating and speaking for granted. However, these simple tasks can prove quite challenging in the event you have prematurely lost one or more of your adult teeth due to periodontal disease, decay, or an accident. Luckily, in today's day and age, it is a relatively easy process to replace missing teeth with either partial or full dentures that are usually made of some combination of plastic, porcelain, and acrylic. Partial dentures are used for one or two teeth, whereas complete or full dentures are used when all of your natural teeth are missing in your upper or lower jaw.
The Advantages of Modern Dentures
There are many benefits to dentures, the most obvious being that they give you a radiant, confident smile. There is little question that a smile that is no longer as appealing as it once was can negatively impact your self-image and create embarrassing moments in social occasions. Anyone who has, for whatever reason, lost one or more of their adult teeth does not have to go through life feeling self-conscious every time they smile.
However, from a medical standpoint, the aesthetics of missing teeth is not the most significant problem. Other issues of far greater concern, which can be avoided with a well-fitting set of dentures, are bone loss and crooked teeth.
Bone Loss: Tooth loss is almost inevitably followed by bone loss. To maintain its density, all bone needs stimulation. In the case of the bones in the jaw, stimulation is provided by the constant movement of teeth. When teeth are missing, the jaw begins to deteriorate and become smaller, which, depending on the number of missing teeth, can actually cause the structure of the face to collapse, thus altering your appearance and making you look much older than you are. Dentures support sagging facial muscles and structures, which can add years to your appearance.
Crooked Teeth: Teeth are not fixed quite as solidly in our jaw as we might think. When natural teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth lose some of their support, which is why the pressure of chewing can cause them to shift or lean toward the gap. This can cause a number of other problems, such as excessive wear, problems with your "bite," and since crooked teeth are harder to keep clean, a greater chance of them decaying. Pain in your jaw can also be an unwelcome side effect of teeth that have "shifted."
Difficulty Eating: If you have missing teeth, especially missing molars, chewing certain foods can cause a great deal of difficulty. This is especially true of harder foods like apples, nuts, and whole grain bread, all of which are exceedingly good for you, contributing as they do to good health. "Softer" foods are all too often highly processed and offer little nutritional value. A diet high in processed food will eventually lead to a compromised immune system.
Although dentures are commonly perceived to be only for the very old, this is far from the case. Many people lose one or more of their adult teeth, which may have been extracted due to dental problems or were knocked out by injury. Modern technology has improved dentures so much, they are far more comfortable and much more natural-looking than those worn by your grandparents. In fact, they look so much like natural teeth, other people can rarely tell if someone is wearing a denture.
Dentures are one of the most cost-effective treatment options when missing one or more natural teeth. There are other alternatives to dentures that more so resemble the feel and touch of real teeth, but they are far more expensive than dentures.
In summary, replacing missing teeth with dentures not only improves your appearance but positively impacts your overall health.