Dental implants, bridges, and crowns aren’t for everyone. Roughly 1 in 10 Americans is missing all their teeth, according to the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, and the trend is rising.
Whether you’re missing most or all of your teeth, your body has rejected implants, or you’ve had an injury resulting in tooth loss, dentures may be your best option.
And if you just want to avoid oral surgery, partial dentures, or partials, can be a comfortable and less invasive option for filling in one or more missing teeth.
What to Expect of Modern Dentures
These ain’t your grandpa’s dentures.
Modern advances in dentistry have pushed the envelope on fit and comfort, meaning it could even be worthwhile to update if you’ve been living with an older pair of dentures.
Not only that, but dentures provided by Family Smiles of Layton look and feel much more like real teeth, meaning most people won’t even notice they aren’t natural.
You might even fool yourself…
If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, it’s probably best to pull the remaining teeth to make way for dentures. Especially if your remaining teeth and gums are in bad shape.
Consisting of a top and bottom plate, your upper denture will cover the palate of your mouth to suction firmly into place.
The bottom denture fastens snugly over the gum line, allowing unimpeded movement of your tongue. Some individuals may qualify for an implant to better secure dentures.
Not done with the teeth you have left? Partial dentures could allow you to keep them.
Partials are often the best non-surgical option if you’ve had an accident that knocks some of your teeth out.
They’re best used when you still have healthy teeth and gums remaining.
Partial dentures consist of a removable acrylic bridge accompanied by metal framework that fits around remaining teeth to fill in the gap.