Dentures have long been an affordable and practical method for improving the quality of your smile, your ability to eat a variety of foods, and even your self-confidence. Unfortunately, many people recoil at the idea, envisioning the set of teeth floating in a glass of water next to the bed. Dentures have come a long way in recent years and are worth a second look for anyone struggling with missing or decayed teeth.
Types of Dentures
There are four main types of dentures, and your Anchorage dentist can help you determine which one is best depending on your specific needs.
- Conventional or complete dentures are fully removable and are usually the ones people think of when they envision the teeth in the glass of water. With this style, you will usually have any remaining teeth removed, and your dentures will be fitted once your jaw and tissues have healed.
- Partial dentures fill in the spaces where you might have missing teeth. You must have some teeth that are in good working order that stay in your mouth for partial dentures to work.
- Overdentures utilize some remaining teeth as anchors, but the dentures still fit over everything, giving you a uniform, beautiful smile.
- Immediate dentures are removable and are ones you can wear out of the dentist’s office on the same day your old teeth are removed. This is nice because you won’t have to be without teeth while your gums heal, but immediate dentures often need to be remade once the healing is finished.
Pros of Getting Dentures
- Modern dentures are more comfortable than earlier models and look more natural.
- Dentures make speaking easier.
- Dentures make eating easier.
- Dentures give you a beautiful smile.
- Dentures can support your facial muscles, providing a more youthful appearance.
Cons of Getting Dentures
- Getting the right type of dentures for you is a process that requires multiple trips to the dentist and possible tooth removal.
- You will need to get used to them. They can feel a little weird at first and may even cause some soreness. You may need to learn how to pronounce some sounds differently with dentures.
- Eating with dentures takes some practice.
- Dentures are fragile when not in your mouth, and you will need to take care of them.
- Dentures do wear out about every five years and need to be replaced.
Depending on why you are considering getting dentures, the con list may seem like minor inconveniences to you. If you still have questions and would like to talk to someone, please give us a call to set up a consultation. We would love to chat about your many options.