how to know when to get denturesThe American College of Prosthodontics reports that “36 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth.” In the next 20 years, these numbers are expected to grow. 

Dentures are sometimes the best option for patients with missing teeth whose jaw bone will not support implants. Fortunately for our patients who require dentures, advancements in prosthodontics have improved the appearance and fit of dentures, making them more natural and comfortable. 

If you are missing teeth and you’re finding it difficult to chew, you may wonder if dentures are right for you. Read on to learn when to get dentures.

When to Get Dentures

If you are experiencing any of these oral health challenges, it may be time to consider dentures. 

  • You are missing teeth and you’re not a good candidate for dental implants.
  • Chewing food is painful or difficult due to severe tooth decay or loose teeth.
  • Periodontal disease is causing bone loss and loose or shifting teeth.
  • Decay near the nerve in the tooth is causing chronic toothaches.
  • Painful chewing is causing you to swallow large pieces of food, resulting in frequent indigestion.
  • You don’t smile because of the appearance of your teeth.

Dentures or Dental Implants?

You may need a partial denture or complete denture. Removable dentures are a good option for patients with health issues that prevent them from getting implants, or whose bone is not strong enough to support dental implants. Patients who do not want to go through the healing process after dental implant surgery may prefer dentures. Cost should also be considered and may make dentures a more practical solution for some patients.

Dental implants and a permanent denture may be a viable solution for patients whose jawbone will support them. Implants are more convenient since they are fixed permanently in your mouth. They also provide the feel and look of natural teeth. 

What to Expect with Dentures

Your dentist or prosthodontist will determine the best type of dental appliance for you. The process of creating dentures involves making a series of impressions and taking measurements of your jaw. A model of your denture will be created, and you will try it to ensure it fits. If it’s a partial denture, the color will be chosen to match the surrounding teeth. Then, a final denture will be cast.

Your dentist will make adjustments to the shape and fit of your dentures as needed. Over time, they may need to be relined for a snug fit. If your dentures no longer fit because your mouth structure has changed, you may need to replace them. Your dentures must fit properly. If they cause pain or infection, or you are unable to eat with them, this is cause for concern. You should see your dentist for an evaluation of your dentures.

Dentures at Ultimate Smile Design in Palm Bay, FL

Ultimate Smile Design has provided dental care, including dentures, to patients in Palm Bay, FL, for more than 30 years. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it may be time to consider dentures. Please contact us for an appointment. Our friendly staff is ready to serve you!

Learn about partial and full dentures here.