If you're missing any teeth, you have probably asked yourself if you should get dentures. As restorative dental experts, we know that living without a tooth or multiple teeth is physically and emotionally challenging. We strive to provide our Corpus Christi patients with the best dentures and other restorations to improve not just their appearance but their quality of life. Let's review who makes a good candidate for dentures, what the treatment involves, and the typical benefits.
Who Is a Candidate for Dentures?
Almost anyone who has lost some or all of his or her teeth may be a candidate for dentures. Depending on the current health of your teeth and gums, you may be a candidate for partial or complete dentures. Good candidates also need to be non-smokers and committed to taking proper care of their dentures.
People who are not good candidates for dentures are those with a sensitive gag reflex, atrophied jaw bones, dry mouth, or those who grind or clench their teeth. Those patients who do not have sufficient jaw bone may require a bone graft if they want dentures that are supported by dental implants.
What Type of Denture Is Right for Me?
During your consultation, you may be asked about your lifestyle, habits, worries, and treatment expectations. We ask a lot of questions because, like any skilled restorative or cosmetic dentist, we consider each patient's specific dental needs and health conditions in order to determine which type of denture is best.
There are many types of dentures available to patients, including:
- Full dentures: Full dentures are suitable for patients who are missing all of their teeth.
- Partial dentures: Partial dentures are suitable for patients with some of their natural teeth.
- Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures can support and stabilize either removable or permanent dentures; because they are anchored by an implant that has fused with the jaw bone, they provide more support and stability than conventional dentures.
- Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures are best for patients who need dentures the same day as extractions.
Modern denture technology is extremely sophisticated, allowing for a customized dental prosthetic that looks and feels natural.
What Benefits Can I Expect from Dentures?
Dentures improve both the function and look of your mouth. In terms of function, you will be able to properly bite and chew your food, once again enjoying your favorite foods. You will also be able to speak more clearly and communicate with friends and family more easily and without embarrassment. When it comes to looks, it cannot be overstated how important your smile is to your overall appearance. By replacing missing teeth, your self-image will improve and your self-confidence will soar.
Learn More about Dentures
You shouldn't be forced to struggle with a compromised smile and bite. A thorough consultation with Dr. Orchard or Dr. Robertson will provide you with all the information you need to know about dentures and whether it's the right restorative solution for you. In addition to specializing in restorative dentistry, we also offer general and cosmetic dentistry services. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.