No one ever plans to lose their teeth, but there are any number of ways that it can happen. You can lose teeth due to injury, gum disease or decay, just to mention a few possible causes. If you’ve lost your teeth though, you are probably less concerned with how it happened than with how you are going to correct the problem. You are more concerned with the fact that you can’t eat all the foods you used to love and the fact that your smile isn’t what it used to be. Many people actually find the loss of appearance more problematic than the loss of function.
Fortunately, there are ways to restore appearance and functionality to your mouth. Usually, the best option is dental implants since they look and work just like your real teeth. Unfortunately, implants aren’t for everyone. Sometimes, medical conditions like diabetes or cancer make implants impossible. More often though, they’re just not in the budget – no one is going to tell you that implants aren’t expensive and most of the time, your insurance company will not cover implants. Whatever the reason, if implants aren’t possible, dentures are the next best thing.
The Procedure and the Benefits
When implants cannot be considered, most dentists recommend dentures. Dentures are simply prosthetic teeth that are made to look like your natural teeth and fitted over your jaw’s bony ridge. When they are properly manufactured and effectively fitted, dentures will work very much like real teeth.
You have almost certainly heard horror stories (likely from older relatives) about dentures that slip, slide, or fall out at the worst possible moment, causing horrible embarrassment. And yes, in the past, that did happen. But today, imaging and manufacturing techniques have been refined to the point where such a thing is practically impossible. Today’s dentures are amazingly stable.
Now, having said that, we are not going to lie to you. You will have to get used to your dentures, especially if you have had extractions. Your gums will need time to shrink, so Dr. Buzbee will provide you with a set of temporary dentures. You’ll be able to get used to the feel of dentures in your mouth while you’re waiting for your permanent set. Then, once your permanent set is ready, Dr. Buzbee will fit them and line them for you and you will find that your dentures will work almost as well as your natural teeth.
Types of Dentures
When you think of dentures, you probably imagine the full set – the kind that you put in a glass at the end of the day. This is one type of denture, but if you’re only missing a few teeth, you might be able to get by with a partial denture. This can also be a good solution if you think that you’ll be losing more teeth in the near future. Whether you need full or partial dentures, you can be assured that they will feel fairly natural and you will be able to enjoy the foods you have always loved and have the smile you want.
If you have missing teeth, Dr. Roger Buzbee can help. His office is located at 2014 W. Chester Blvd., Springfield, MO. You can arrange an appointment by calling 417-888-0771, or using the form on our Contact Us page. Read our FAQs and Facts to find answers to any questions you might have. Follow our aftercare instructions to properly care for your new teeth!