Your dentist will try to save as many of your natural teeth as possible. If that’s not possible you may have to consider a complete denture or an implant supported denture.
With today’s quality materials and improved technology, dentists can fashion dentures that fit comfortably and appear natural.
Although dentures may look like your natural teeth, they cannot work like them.
Like artificial limbs, dentures can not truly replace their natural counterparts.
You will have to learn how to use your dentures, which can take several months.
Simple actions like speaking and eating may feel different and you may have to learn to make adjustments.
Complete dentures cover your entire jaw, either upper or lower. Some people refer to them as plates.
Complete dentures rest directly on the gum that covers the bone however a type of full denture called an over denture fits over a few remaining teeth that have been shaped by your dentist.
Maintaining a few natural teeth and replacing the missing teeth with an over denture can have several advantages
• Your natural teeth help preserve bone
• Your remaining natural teeth bear some of the chewing pressure
• Your remaining teeth improve the stability of the denture and make it less likely to shift in your mouth.
Keeping some of your own teeth can help you psychologically accept your denture.
Over dentures can also fit over implants instead of natural teeth. In fact dental implants were originally developed to give people artificial roots on which to place bridges or dentures in the lower jaw.
To learn more about dentures, partial dentures and implant supported dentures and what treatment options may be best for you, contact Den-Care Smile Center today at 1-847-DENTIST.