Dentures

Tooth loss leads to any number of difficulties that might lead you to need dentures. The first problem you’ll notice when you begin to lose teeth is that you will need to forego all kinds of foods. Crunchy vegetables, steak, apples, and so on will be off the menu. Then, as teeth begin to disappear in the front, you will probably become reluctant to smile. And finally, your remaining teeth will begin to shift in a futile attempt to fill in the gaps.

If all this sounds bad, it is. The good news, though, is that you can get your smile and functionality back in any number of ways: implants, bridges and, yes, dentures.

But Dentures Slip!

This is actually a misconception. Your grandparents’ dentures probably slipped and slid, and maybe your parents’ dentures did, too. Today, though, dentistry has advanced to the point where you can have a set of dentures that will fit very well, with no slipping and sliding.

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Why Dentures?

Why not? You could go with dental implants, and in fact, they are the method that is preferred by most dentists and patients, as well. However, dental implants are not in the budget for everyone. Sometimes, too (although not often), medical conditions like diabetes or cancer can make the installation of implants problematic. When implants are not an option, either medically or financially, then dentures are the next best choice.

What You Need to Know When You Get Dentures

No one is ever going to tell you that dentures will fit perfectly from the moment you begin to use them. There is a “learning curve,” and in the beginning, they may not be all that comfortable. However, your dentist will work with you every step of the way, adjusting and lining your dentures until they fit perfectly.

Of course, when you get dentures, your gums need some time to shrink. During that period, your dentist will give you a temporary set of dentures. You will have an opportunity to get the “feel” of dentures in your mouth, so when you get your permanent set, you will be comfortable.

Different Kinds of Dentures

Up to this point, we have been telling you about standard dentures. There are other options, though. For instance, you might consider implant-supported dentures if you are only missing a few teeth. You might also be a candidate for a partial denture if you still have teeth remaining. And again, when you are waiting for your permanent dentures to be made, you can be fitted with a set of immediate dentures once your extractions are completed.

How Are Dentures Made?

To make your dentures, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth, both top and bottom, to make sure that your dentures will fit correctly. Then, once the dentures are made, you will come back to have them fitted and lined. Then, you will be able to smile again, and enjoy the foods you love.

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To learn more about dentures, contact Platte Valley Dental Care in Platte City, Missouri. Our phone number is 816-858-2027, so call us today.

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