Benefits Of Full Dentures
Full dentures (or “complete dentures”) are for patients who have lost all their teeth in either upper or lower arch, or both. Extensive tooth loss is commonly caused by neglected periodontal disease or tooth infection. Full dentures are usually necessary if the remaining teeth are relatively damaged or decayed which requires extraction. If your remaining teeth are still healthy and strong, you will probably be advised to get partial dentures instead, or dental implants, though more expensive. Your dentist will tell you whether or not full dentures are compatible for you.
Full dentures can either be “immediate” or “conventional.” Immediate dentures can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed. Conventional dentures on the other hand, typically require two months of healing process for a more perfect fitting. But if you don’t want to wait that long with missing teeth, an immediate denture is ideal for you.
Below are some of the benefits of getting full dentures:
- No one can differentiate between your full dentures from natural teeth
- It will fill out the space and gaps in your mouth
- It will improve your speaking ability
- It will aid in chewing, swallowing and biting
- It will keep the mouth and surrounding facial area in correct alignment
- It will hold up your facial muscles
- It will give you a youthful feeling and boost self-esteem
The particular impression of your teeth and bite, as well as the shape of your jaw and size of mouth will be used to create the dentures for you. They are made from prefabricated acrylic. Full dentures can also be customized as you desire. They can be created with built-in imperfections to make them look normal and more natural. The kind of imperfections, including the whiteness of the dentures will depend upon your choice. The dentist will guide you in deciding what looks best on you.
Full dentures can be supported by implants wherein they are connected to titanium fixtures that will be screwed directly in the jaw bones while the upper denture would be held in place by suction. This type of procedure is far better than simply having full dentures without anything to hold them in place. Otherwise, chances are your dentures may slip out of your mouth when you talk and will most likely move when you chew.
It is relatively important to replace missing teeth with either full or partial dentures, immediate or conventional, implant or bridges, or whatever replacement that can meet your needs. It will not only restore your smile, but will help you live a more normal & confident life.