3 Reasons Dentures May Be Your Best Option

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There is no single treatment option that is best for all patients due to the unique circumstances surrounding each case. While some patients may not benefit from dentures, many find that full or partial dentures offer everything they need within their budget. Are dentures a good solution for you?

You have loose teeth

Smoking, periodontal disease, chewing tobacco, age, and other factors can limit the ability of your bone and tissue to anchor your teeth appropriately. Loose teeth not only cause discomfort, but they are often non-functional, making it difficult to speak and eat without pain and troubles. 

Dentures can be a good replacement for loose teeth. There are pros and cons associated with dentures, but as long as you're able to adjust to the feeling of your dentures, and they're made by a qualified dentist, you should be able to eat and speak well after a little practice. 

You're missing teeth

Missing teeth can cause secondary problems: added pressure on the remaining teeth, a misaligned bite and associated jaw problems, difficulty chewing, and recession of tissue and bone. If you're only missing a few teeth, a partial denture might be the best solution, while a full denture might be required when you're missing most or all of your teeth.

You have extensive decay impacting many teeth

It's very common to have minor cavities from time to time, but if your decay has advanced to impact multiple teeth, reaching the root and causing substantial pain, it might be time to consider full or partial dentures. 

It's important to note that dentures aren't necessarily your only option for extensive decay; if your budget allows, you may be a good candidate for root canal treatment, crowns, bridges, or dental implants. Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of all of your treatment options with your dentist before moving forward. 

The benefits and drawbacks of dentures

You might find that your dentist wants to talk about treatment options other than dentures, even if you've already made up your mind. This is because many patients are more satisfied when they are able to save their teeth than they are with dentures. It can take some time to get used to dentures; others may be able to tell that you have false teeth, and people with a strong gag reflex sometimes find that they are not able to adjust to denture wear. Additionally, dentures don't last forever and generally require replacement from time to time. 

However, many patients find that dentures are the best option for them. They can be much more cost-effective than other treatment options, almost immediately alleviate the pain and suffering of severe dental decay, and might relieve anxiety you have about future decay and tooth loss. Additionally, many patients feel that they have a pretty smile with dentures; any orthodontic problems, decay, or discoloration is gone. Perhaps most importantly, immediate dentures can often be placed the same day as your extractions. 

To learn more or request an appointment, visit Unlimited Dentistry today.

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