DenturesQuestions about dentures? Dr. Lachman can help
Are dentures the best treatment option for missing teeth?
- impact your ability to chew food properly
- interfere with your capability to speak clearly
- cause your cheeks to sink in and your lips to change shape
- affect the health and strength of your jawbones
- alter the balance of your bite
While the most common teeth replacement option is a denture, it’s important to note they are not an alternative to teeth, but an alternative to no teeth. That’s because, in many cases, when missing teeth are replaced with dentures, the jawbone can begin to shrink away over time. Once this occurs, many denture wearers find that it is difficult to get a secure fit even with adhesives or new dentures.
Lack of a secure fit can create problems
- Discomfort is a primary one. When dentures are loose or ill-fitting they can rub and cause sore spots in your mouth.
- Loose dentures can also cause you to change the way you eat. Since the chewing efficiency of dentures is much lower than that that of your natural teeth, you may find yourself avoiding favorite foods or ones that are nutritionally superior, such as crunchy fruits and vegetables. Many denture wearers find themselves eating softer, more processed foods which tend to be higher in fat and salt and lower in nutrients.
Smiling like he used to
In addition to providing Des’s upper dentures, we restored his bottom teeth with crowns and white fillings. No implants necessary.
When your jawbone shrinks your face loses its foundation
That’s why we encourage our patients to consider dental implants or implant supported dentures as a treatment option to replace missing teeth. Dental implants replace both the tooth and its roots which, in many cases, can give a more secure fit and provide a more solid foundation.