As children, losing a tooth was an exciting experience – one that entailed a visit from the tooth fairy. However, once a permanent tooth falls out, it becomes a nuisance. Unlike your milk teeth, there is nothing else hiding beneath your gums to take the place of the lost tooth.
In order to replace missing teeth, many people opt for dentures. In fact, millions of people in the United States wear dentures, which aid them with eating, speaking and smiling with confidence every single day. Dentures, also known as partials and false teeth, are partial or complete artificial teeth and gums that are custom-made to fit in your mouth. A partial denture stands in for a few missing teeth, while a complete denture replaces all the teeth in the mouth.
Giving Thought to a Possibility of False Teeth?
If your dentist has talked you about getting dentures, here are some things you ought to know:
Are Dentures Safe?
Dentures are 100% safe. As a matter of fact, they are made from non-toxic materials. Before, dentists used porcelain or plastic when making a denture. Nowadays, they prefer using hard resin for the false teeth. Unlike natural teeth, denture teeth are more tenuous and easily break off when dropped. They also wear down faster, so we advise you replace them every five or so years.
Dentures are not Implants
Dentures are likely to slip from your mouth and fall out. This may get in the way of your ability to speak. Unlike implants, dentures are not anchored to your gums. During the first few years of using a denture, you should not worry about it falling out. Your false teeth will eventually become wobbly over time; however, a denture fixative will assure that your partials do not accidentally come off from your mouth.
Weigh in the Cost of Dentures
Depending on your dentist, a complete set of denture teeth can range from $1,000 to $5,000. It may or may not include the X-rays, tooth extractions, cost of anesthesia for sedation, and the fees for the doctor’s appointment and impressions. That said, the expenses for long-term dental treatments in Texas are higher than the total cost of your dentures.
Dentures are NOT for Everyone
Before fitting a denture, professionals from Aquario Dental will evaluate certain criteria. These include the age of the patient, the anatomy of the job, the patient’s overall dental health, and if dentures are the best course of treatment for the patient.
Dentures will Still Need to be Cleaned
You still have to clean your dentures as much as you clean your real teeth. It is advisable to wash your dentures at least twice a day to avoid oral infections or gum inflammation. Your dentist may ask you to soak your dentures overnight to kill most germs. Brushing them alone may not kill all the bacteria that colonizes on your false teeth. There are cleaning aides available in pharmacies that will assist in taking care of your dentures.
If you are still undecided whether dentures fit your needs, talk to us right now or on your next visit! We will discuss at length if it is the right path for you.