What are Dentures?Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are meant to replace a whole bridge, or even a section, of missing teeth. They are custom made from molds of your mouth. They look, and act, just like your natural teeth, restoring your smile and allowing you to eat and speak normally. These teeth are supported by your gums and are held in place by a special adhesive. They are removable, meant to come out at night and replaced in the morning.
Bone LossWhen you lose your teeth, your jawbone begins to reabsorb. This is because the nutrients that once went to your jaw to keep it strong, allowing your teeth to stay firmly in place, are now being sent elsewhere. As your jaw reabsorbs, your face begins to change shape, giving you a sunken appearance. For young people, this can result in looking significantly older than you are. Dentures can help fill out your face, but it cannot stop bone loss.
Dentures rest on your gums. If they don't fit properly, your jaw has begun to change shape, or if they are put in even just slightly incorrectly, they can cause a significant amount of pain. This pain can result in denture sores and inflamed gums.
Having to wear dentures at a young age can make you quite self-conscious. You may be embarrassed to tell your friends or a potential partner, for fear of judgement or being made fun of. And, as with older denture wearers, dentures can slip out of place, or even fall out, while eating or speaking. This can lead to a rather embarrassing situation if you are out with a group of people who don't know you wear them.
If you have suffered tooth loss, replacing those teeth with prosthetic teeth is a good way to restore your life back to normal. Dentures are one way to do that. Or, especially if you are young, you may want to consider dental implants, a permanent solution to tooth loss that helps to prevent bone loss and embarrassing situations. Contact our office to learn which is the best option for you.