With advances in dentistry, fewer people need to wear full dentures. If you have older ones or think you may need dentures, now is a good time to take advantage of what modern denture technology has to offer. Watertown Dentistry can replace worn-out dentures with custom-made, state-of-the-art ones that blend not only with your skin color but also with your hair and eye color, giving your “false teeth” the most natural look possible.
Older dentures do not look as natural as the modern ones our dental team can offer you today. Also, they can wear out over time, making the wearer look older than they are. One reason is that as dentures wear out they may not support your facial muscles as they once did. Worn-out dentures are also likely to cause pain while chewing.
There are two types. Partial dentures, like bridges, replace one tooth or several, and are held in place by metal clasps that fit onto remaining natural teeth. Complete dentures, also called full dentures or false teeth, are used when all natural teeth are missing. Though have long been held in place by suction, they can now be held in by dental implants. The dental implants work similarly to how the natural root worked. They provide stability and support for the denture attached to them, while maintaining gum and bone structure. Though more invasive at the start, implant-supported dentures act more like real teeth, making eating and talking more comfortable. They also protect your mouth from unnecessary bone deterioration and the accumulation of germs and plaque that can lead to infection and periodontal disease.
To keep your smile attractive and healthy, partial and complete dentures need to be cleaned every day, just like natural teeth.
If you have suffered tooth loss, you may wonder what the best choice is for you. Implants, a bridge, or dentures? Our dentist can help you decide which option will work best for your unique needs.