Who should get Dentures
Generally speaking, you should probably consider getting dentures when your dentist tells you that you need them. Your denture professional has spent years acquiring the necessary knowledge and expertise, and will only suggest dentures after a careful and thorough examination of your mouth. You will have the opportunity to discuss your individual needs, and your denturist can let you know about the many denture options available to you and help guide you to the best choice.
So, what makes you a candidate for dentures? There are many possible factors. Let’s take a look at a few.
Severe tooth decay can be one obvious sign of the future need for dentures. Once teeth become decayed past the point of repair, and root canal is not a desirable option, then they need to come out. Even if only a few teeth are removed, a partial denture known as a bridge can help keep the rest of your teeth properly aligned and restore the ability to chew. Even one missing tooth can be replaced by a denture implant.
The effects of genetic disorders such as Anodontia, the absence of deciduous or permanent teeth, can also be relieved with the use of dentures. In cases such as this, dentures not only restore the ability to chew food, but also help improve the facial appearance, and boost self esteem.
Physical injuries sustained in automobile accidents, and sports injuries can also lead to tooth loss. Again, there are a wide variety of custom-made denture types available to fit every need.
Periodontal diseases left unchecked can eventually lead to tooth loss. Most types of dentures can be helpful in these situations. However, implant dentures are not really suitable if periodontal disease is left untreated. Another condition, uncontrolled diabetes, can impede the gums from healing properly after titanium posts have been implanted. Denture implants may not be the best choice for this situation either, although standard dentures would work nicely.
The bottom line is that if you need dentures then you should have them. With the wonderful advancements being made in denture technology today, dentures are loosing the stigma they carried in the past. Dentures come in so many shades and shapes that you can design the custom smile you’ve always wanted. The dentures available are so natural looking that often no one knows who’s wearing them. And isn’t that how it should be?
Who is a denture wearer?
When you think of dentures, typically you think of older people. Grandpa and Grandma, Mom or Dad, or old Aunt Tilly who keeps her dentures in a glass near the sink. Dentures used to be thought of as something only older people needed when their teeth wore out. Well, you might be surprised to learn that today’s denture wearers are all ages and come from all walks of life. Let’s take a look at a few facts and examples.
Athletes young and old may become denture wearers. Over 15 million Americans suffer dental injuries related to athletic events each year. Here are some of our future denture candidates. According to The National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Inc. these injuries result in the loss of over 5 million teeth. Their estimates show a 45% chance of facial or dental injury throughout an athlete’s life. Have you ever seen the triumphant, though somewhat toothless, smile on a hockey player who has just made the game winning goal? His dentures are likely back in the locker room, sitting in a glass of water, waiting for him. And remember the professional boxer Leon Sphinx? There was a candidate for dentures if ever there was one.
Mature women may also become candidates for dentures. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that results in thinning of the bone or bone loss. The condition is especially common among menopausal women. When the jaw bone deteriorates significantly, teeth may loosen or be lost completely. Dentures may then be required to sustain quality of life. However, continued bone loss in the jaw can affect the denture’s fit and stability, and therefore the comfort of the denture wearer. Adjustments of the denture itself will likely be needed. A bone density scan can help a woman’s family physician assess her risk for osteoporosis.
Dentures for young children are not unheard of. Anodontia is a genetic disorder usually diagnosed in childhood when it becomes apparent that some or all of the primary and permanent teeth are absent. Dentures can be used to restore the ability to eat properly. Dentures also benefit the patient by restoring support for the facial muscles. Inserting dentures actually lengthens the face, filling out the mouth area and taking away that sunken in look.
And finally, your average citizen may be wearing dentures over perfectly healthy teeth. Under the category of “just plain odd”, a New York dentist has recently been offering replica overdentures of some movie stars to their celebrity obsessed fans. Why anyone would want to sport dentures of Jim Carey’s teeth is a little beyond comprehension, but for a price it can apparently be done.
So as you can see, a wide variety of people are turning to dentures to help them with their everyday needs. Dentures can offer cosmetic as well as functional uses.
Tooth decay, periodontal diseases, and missing natural teeth are just some of the kinds of oral problems that may lead to the need for dentures. In times gone by, many people simply suffered in silence, and gaps between teeth were unattractive, but expected. Today, there are so many great alternative solutions provided by dentures that suffering is not necessary. Let’s examine some these problems a little closer.
Periodontal diseases are basically bacterial infections of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth. These infections can cause redness and swelling of the gum tissue, and if left unchecked, can lead to bone loss and a loosening or complete loss of the natural teeth. One of the most commonly known of these bacterial infections is gingivitis. Research indicates stress may also play a factor, making it harder for the body to fight off infection. Once tooth loss is a reality, the need for dentures isn’t far behind.
Severe tooth decay is one of the most obvious causes of the need for dentures. Crowded teeth can intensify the problem as decay easily spreads to the next healthy tooth. Once a tooth is past the reasonable stage for repair it usually requires removal. Dentures can then take the place of natural teeth, providing chewing ability and better self esteem.
Whenever teeth are missing from the jaw, natural teeth begin a subtle shift into the open spaces. This eventually causes problems with bite and jaw alignment. Dentures, especially partial dentures, denture implants and Cu-Sil dentures all help provide the stability needed to keep the remaining natural teeth in place. Denture implants have the added advantage of keeping bone loss at bay.
Missing teeth can also affect your facial appearance. The muscles that control your facial expressions need teeth to support them. A good set of dentures can provide the necessary support, eliminating that caved-in look around the mouth. Cosmetically, dentures can deliver some of the benefits of a face lift without the surgery! And in many cases, dentures cost less.
Likewise, missing teeth can present problems speaking properly. Well fitting dentures can eliminate this problem also, and certainly provide a boost for you self esteem. No more covering your mouth with your hand when you laugh and smile! The personal confidence you gain may well be worth enduring the multi-stage fitting process.
It’s no secret that tooth loss leads to difficulty chewing. This problem has the potential to affect our nutrition, in severe cases leading to malnutrition. Dentures can be essential in correcting cases such as these.
Dentures have proven themselves to be beneficial under a wide set of circumstances. If you’re currently suffering from any of these problems, it may be a good idea to consult your denture professional today.