Since we perform tooth extractions, we get many questions about tooth replacement options. For centuries, dentures were the only way to replace missing teeth. A denture is preferable to being toothless, but dental implants provide many advantages. Before you get dentures, consider the following.
4 Critical Things To Know About Dentures
1. Dentures are not the only replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a more effective option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has vital implications. Dental implants can prohibit bone recession that often occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can deliver patients the near-normal ability to talk and chew.
2. There are more than one kind of denture. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some natural teeth. Partial dentures can be anchored in the mouth or removable.
3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a suitable candidate for implant-anchored dentures. Bone grafting can augment bone in some patients. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black to find out if you are an appropriate candidate.
4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice proper oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.