Teeth do not possess the regenerative ability like other tissues in the body. Therefore, once enamel or dentin is lost as a result of caries, trauma, or wear and tear, restorative materials must be used to reestablish their form and function. Full or partial loss of tooth, if left untreated, doesn’t just affect a person’s self-image , it can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there’s a reliable and time-tested method for treating this condition: Dentures! Dentures make you feel your best, so you can enjoy the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile.
What are dentures?
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. These artificial teeth are usually made of acrylic and designed to match your natural teeth. The base of a denture is called a plate and is usually made of either acrylic or metal. Today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
What are the reasons for tooth loss and the subsequent need for dentures? There are many reasons that people lose teeth and include:
- Tooth decay
- An accident or injury to the mouth
- Periodontal disease
If you’re missing one or two teeth, you may feel it’s not an issue, but missing even one or two teeth can lead to long-term consequences. When there are missing teeth, the remaining teeth will shift out of their positions and become misaligned. Teeth located next to the missing teeth will begin to move inward and this will lead to problems with biting and chewing food.
Missing teeth can also lead to your cheeks taking on a sunken or drawn appearance and that can make you look older than you are. Also, missing teeth lead to loss of bone density in your jaw.
What are the types of Dentures available?
Your dentist would recommend that you get a particular type of dentures. You may therefore need either: Complete dentures (a full set) – which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or Partial dentures – which replace just one tooth or a few missing teeth Partial dentures:
They are attached to a fixed bridge. They are designed to be anchored to two of your natural teeth so that the missing spaces are filled in with the artificial teeth. A partial denture can be expanded if you lose more teeth in the future.
They are used when all of your natural teeth are lost. If you choose this option, you’ll have an upper denture and a lower denture and may need to use an adhesive to hold the dentures in place on your gum tissue. There are two sub-types of complete dentures.
An immediate denture is ready for you to wear right away after having your remaining natural teeth removed. It is made in advance at a dental lab so that you do not have to be without teeth. A conventional complete denture is ready to use after your gum tissue has healed from tooth extraction surgery, which usually takes 8 to 12 weeks. The conventional denture requires fewer adjustments than an immediate denture and might feel more comfortable in your mouth. Dentures may feel a bit hard to begin with, but you’ll soon get used to wearing them. Your dentures can last several years if you take good care of them. So, why miss chewing and smiling a full-toothed smile when dentures can come to the rescue? Go ahead, get an appointment fixed with the best dentist in town!
About the Doctor: Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.