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People have used false teeth for centuries to replace missing teeth and repair their smiles. In more recent times, adults have turned to dentures for help. These appliances not only solve people’s embarrassment issues by filling in large gaps, but dentures also restore the ability to chew. If you are missing multiple teeth or all of your teeth, dentures could be the right option.

Dentures not only provide the cosmetic benefits you have been looking for, but there are important health aspects as well. With an increased ability to chew, you will be able to eat more nutritious foods. There will also be less of a chance of developing gum disease and infections in your mouth. You can learn more about the benefits and opportunities that dentures provide by visiting your dentist.

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A brief overview of false teeth

False teeth have come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials over the decades. In modern times, most artificial teeth have a few options when it comes to materials. Some offices offer metal false teeth covered in plastic. These teeth are durable and have a strong bite force. Porcelain artificial teeth for dentures provide a natural look. The drawback of these is that the teeth can chip or break if the person bites into something hard.

More and more patients prefer an acrylic resin artificial tooth. These, too, look just like real teeth and allow the patient to bite into most foods. An advantage is that acrylic resin teeth fit nicely into the base. The dentist also will not have difficulty adjusting them if necessary. The denture base is usually made of acrylic too. It is gum-colored, so it will not stand out in the person’s mouth.

Removable dentures

Many types of false teeth are removable, which offers some benefits and challenges to the individual. Being removable, it is not difficult for the person to regularly clean the appliance. Doing this prevents damage to the base and keeps it looking and smelling good. However, because the denture is removable, some people have a tendency to misplace it or break it. People who have removable appliances should use a denture adhesive to secure it to the mouth.

Fixed dentures

Some dentists may recommend a set of permanent false teeth for the patient. This method can make sense for people who worry about the appliance slipping or falling out. Fixed dentures sit on a metal framework, which the dentist will secure in the mouth. Only the dentist can remove this type of denture. This will only be necessary for adjustments or repairs.

Implant-supported dentures

More recently, another type of false teeth has gained interest from patients. Using dental implants and dentures together allows for a more secure fit and a long-lasting solution. This treatment is effective for people with several missing teeth or a mouthful of missing teeth. The denture appliance snaps onto four implants instead of resting on the gums.

The dentist first makes incisions in the gums and inserts four titanium implants into the jawbone. After the implants fuse to the bone and the patient heals, the dentist schedules another appointment. Here, the dentist will attach abutments to the implants. The denture base will connect to the abutments. This process does take several months, but these types of dentures are less likely to fall out or cause soreness in the mouth.

Partial dentures

Dentures make sense for people who have no natural teeth remaining. There are also false teeth options for patients who are missing multiple teeth. Partial dentures are available and have the same benefits. The artificial teeth sit on an acrylic base that the patient can take out of the mouth to clean. The base blends in well with the natural teeth.

The benefits

Living with missing teeth can have significant effects on a person’s self-image and self-esteem. It can be embarrassing to smile or even open the mouth to speak or laugh. False teeth fill in these noticeable spaces, giving the individual peace of mind. A person’s diet will improve by getting dentures. Instead of only eating liquids and the softest foods, the individual can now eat a wide range of items, getting the nutrients they need.

Wearing dentures can also stop other teeth from falling out. When teeth are missing, remaining natural teeth may begin to drift and become loose. Also, with tooth loss comes bone loss and the shrinking of the jaw. Having false teeth can prevent this from occurring. This also keeps the shape of the face intact.

Maintenance and care

One of the challenges that people face with false teeth is ensuring that they last. With the right attention and care, dentures can last seven to 10 years. However, many patients do not have to replace the base or artificial teeth for many years beyond that point. The life span of a set of dentures depends on the patient.

People with dentures should brush the appliance and teeth at least twice a day. The person should use fluoride-based, non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Rinsing the appliance throughout the day will remove food particles and keep bacteria from building up. The dentist will also recommend that the individual removes the dentures before going to bed and rinsing them in a solution overnight.

Dentures can break if dropped, so the person should be cautious when handling the apparatus. If there is any damage to the base or artificial teeth, the patient should call the cosmetic dentistry office right away. Regular dental appointments are important too. At these visits, the dentist will examine the false teeth and ensure that everything is in proper working order.

Smile and chew the way you want

If you are tired of the way you look and how you must eat, it is time for a solution. False teeth can improve your smile and help you to enjoy your favorite meals again. Talk to your dentist about which type of dentures make the most sense for your needs. Then, you can get started on taking care of those large spaces in your mouth once and for all.

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ART Dentistry is located at
2700 Coltsgate Rd #100
Charlotte, NC

(704) 405-1523