Dentures – Yes or No?

Published on 02/11/2015

If over the past few years you have found yourself gradually loosing teeth through decay or them becoming broken beyond repair. You may find that there comes a point where you need to consider the options available to fill the gaps caused by our missing teeth. 

One option available to you is dentures, which can help to replace gaps caused by missing teeth across your entire jaw in one go. Before embarking on any extensive restoration work it is necessary to ensure that you have a full and detailed treatment plan and have fully discussed all the possible options and their advantages and disadvantages. 

In this article we are going to focus on the advantages and disadvantages of dentures.

Advantages of Dentures

If you have been having problems with your teeth for a number of years, dentures can provide

you with a fresh start. Dentures can help to make you look younger by plumping out your cheeks and reducing wrinkles. They are also able to improve your confidence and self-esteem allowing you to smile without fear. Dentures can also be made with straighter and whiter teeth to further improve the appearance of your smile.

After they have been made, dentures provide a low hassle solution to replace your missing teeth. They simply need cleaning in the same way as you would clean your natural teeth. 

By having a full set of teeth you will be able to eat a full and varied diet and will be able to talk confidence. It may take some getting used to but once the dentures are settled there should be nothing you cannot eat. 

In order to create your dentures the dentist will take impressions of the gums. This means that each set of dentures if completely custom made and should therefore fit comfortably in your mouth. 

Dentures can provide a cost effective solution to fill gaps caused by extracted teeth at a fraction of the price of implants and bridges.

Disadvantages of Dentures

Dentures are not always a quick fix solution. If you have extractions prior to your denture being fitted you may find that in time your denture will need to be relined or remade as your gums change shape and shrink. It can take some time to get used to your new smile but once you do you’ll be glad you decided to go ahead with dentures.

For some people dentures can be very difficult to master. Prior to starting treatment be sure to discuss the possible available options with your dentist as it may be that a lighter metal frame denture would be easier to tolerate It is also possible to look at implant retained dentures to help fix your dentures to your jaw and reduce any movement. 

Implants and bridges should be considered as alternatives to dentures and can also help to restore your smile, filling gaps caused by extractions.

If you would like to discuss the possible options to fill gaps caused by extracted teeth, call Leigh Dental Centre on 01702 472929 and book a consultation appointment today.