Whole-Mouth and Partial Dentures
Partial dentures come in many forms and can be formulated to replace any combination of teeth. When you fail to fill the space vacated by lost teeth, you risk your teeth moving to fill it for you. This process undermines the basic position of your teeth, as a quasi-gravitational force pulls them away from their natural spot. Partial dentures help stop this process, in the same way a bridge does. Internal attachments are used, making them look natural in your mouth and adding greater stability in daily use.
Considering Implants as an Alternative to Dentures
Would you be better off getting a full set of dental implants rather than opt for dentures? The answer typically comes down to cost concerns. Certainly, a set of implants set into the mouth bone equates to a more functional, natural-feeling set of teeth. However, the cost of implants can be prohibitive when you add up the price of a large number of teeth. There are some people for whom implants do not work, so discussing the options with you dentist is advisable, as in every other procedure.
Concerns about Denture Wear
The biggest concern about denture wear involves the healing process. Have you allowed proper time for your gums to heal before wearing dentures? Have the immediate dentures begun to bother you very early on in the process? Unless you have planned for the discomfort involved, you will experience a difficult adjustment period. In most cases, conventional dentures are the right way to go. Your dentist will be able to outline the concerns you’ll face when starting to wear dentures.
The Best Solution to an Inevitable Problem
There are only a few solutions to consider when faced with the prospect of losing some or all of your teeth. If you cannot finance implants or have problems inserting the metal posts into your mouth bone, you will be left only with dentures as an option. Many people are happy with the set of replacement teeth they are wearing, so find out how you can make the most of a difficult situation.