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Can You Get Dentures If You’ve Been Missing Teeth for a While?

April 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — sweetsmiles @ 8:14 pm
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Even to this day, dentures are a tried-and-true solution for missing teeth. These natural-looking and durable restorations can replace the gaps in your smile while restoring oral functionality. But what if you haven’t had teeth for a long time? If that’s the case, you may wonder if dentures are still a viable option for you. Read on to learn whether or not you can still restore your smile with dentures!

Why Do Missing Teeth Need to Be Replaced?

Tooth loss can lead to bone resorption, which happens when the body believes it no longer needs bone matter in a particular area. Your natural teeth provide stimulation to the jawbone, preventing it from becoming weakened or prematurely deteriorating. Otherwise, those issues could lead to facial collapse and further tooth loss. You can avoid these complications with professional intervention, like dentures!

How Dentures Work

Did you know that there are several different types of dentures? Each one can address a unique circumstance. For example, partial dentures are ideal for those with just a few missing teeth. On the other hand, full dentures are suitable for patients missing one or both arches of the teeth.

All dentures consist of an acrylic base outfitted with lifelike prosthetic teeth. They typically rely on adhesives, suction, and muscle control to stay firmly in place. In some cases, dental implants can be used to retain them. They’ll provide unmatched stability and durability!

Can Dentures Prevent Bone Loss?

If you wear your dentures as instructed, you should not experience any further tooth loss. These custom-made restorations can even prevent resorption to a certain extent! These benefits are only possible because dentures provide some stimulation to your gums and jaw. As long as you maintain the integrity and fit of your oral appliances, you can lower the chance of substantial bone loss.

One of the challenges with dentures is that they may not apply enough pressure to your gums. Should that be the case, you may want to consider supporting your dentures with dental implants. Of course, this decision depends entirely on your oral health and specific circumstances.

About the Practice

Our team at Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry is proud to handle your entire family’s oral health needs. From standard checkups to complex restorative dentistry, we have everything you need in one convenient location. If you have any questions about your candidacy for dentures, visit our website or call our office for personal assistance!

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