Should I Fix My Teeth or Take Them Out and Get Dentures?
It is always best to fix your natural teeth when possible. However, many patients choose to go with extraction and dentures for a number of reasons. Perhaps your teeth are damaged to the point where restorative treatments like crowns or implants are simply not in the budget. Also, even though implants are the best solution for missing teeth, some medical conditions (cancer and diabetes, for example), can preclude their installation.
Dentures are also sometimes the preferred alternative to fixing if you have a history of tooth decay. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s simply genetic – your parents had bad teeth and you inherited them. If you have lost a number of teeth to decay and have no reason to think that this is going to change, you might be better off to simply have the remaining teeth extracted and a set of complete dentures made for you.
Will I Be Able to Do Things With Dentures That I Was Able to Do With My Teeth?
Yes. A properly fitted set of dentures will allow you to bite and chew the way you did with your natural teeth. Thanks to modern imaging techniques and manufacturing methods, dentures can be the next best thing to implants.
Will My Dentures Look Good?
They will look as good as you want them to. Sometimes, people who have lost their teeth and are planning on replacing them with dentures make the mistake of telling the dentist, “I want white, white teeth, just like a Hollywood actor!” That is a mistake. Those teeth look good on camera, but the reality is that in real life, they look totally unnatural. You can go a shade or two, or maybe even three, whiter than your natural teeth, but if you want an attractive, real-looking smile, you should stay close to your original shade.
Thanks to modern materials, your dentures will be as translucent and subtly shaded as your original teeth. Unless you choose to tell people that you are wearing dentures, they do not need to know.
How Will My Life Be Different With Dentures?
You will feel more self-confident. You will not have to be afraid to smile and you will lose the prematurely-aged appearance that can go hand-in-hand with missing teeth.
Why Are My Dentures Loose?
Your dentures may feel loose to begin with. This is because your gums need time to shrink. Once that has happened, your dentist will line and re-fit your dentures and they will no longer feel loose.
What Is the Process to Get Dentures?
First, your remaining teeth will need to be extracted. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a lab where a master ceramist will create your dentures. While you are waiting for them to be made and waiting for your gums to shrink, your dentist will fit you with a set of temporary dentures. You will be able to get used to the way dentures feel in your mouth. Finally, your dentist will do a final fitting and line your dentures.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
You can get a full set of upper and lower dentures for around $600, or up to $8,000. Much depends on what you want in terms of appearance and fit.
Why Do I Still Need to See the Dentist if I Don’t Have Any Teeth?
You can still be vulnerable to gum disease. Accordingly, it is still important that you visit your dentist office regularly for checkups.
If you are considering complete dentures as a means of correcting your smile, contact Boss Dental Care at 361-992-7551 or use the form on our Contact Us page. We are located at 801 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78411.
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