Dentures are a traditional method used by dentists to replace one or multiple missing teeth. They are a removable plate that holds artificial teeth, which is then inserted into the mouth. The artificial teeth are positioned in a way that they fill the gap where the missing tooth or teeth were originally located. This can be a partial replacement or a complete one. As well as helping you replace your missing tooth, dentures can provide other benefits to your life too.
One of the main advantages of wearing dentures is the confidence it can give to you. When you are missing a tooth, you’ll find it difficult to eat properly, and it will understandably affect your self-esteem. This can stop you from smiling and eating out in public. A well-fitted partial or complete denture can help you feel better about your appearance and even enhance it. It can also give you the confidence to eat in front of others again. This can give you a new start and make you a friendlier and more self-assured person as a result.
Not only that, but your dentures can also help you live a healthier lifestyle. You may not have been eating the right foods due to the pain or discomfort caused by your tooth loss. This could mean your body isn’t getting the proper nutrients and vitamins it needs to function correctly. With the help of your new dentures, you can start eating better which will improve your overall health. It will also make it easier to clean and floss your teeth each day and remove unwanted plaque and bacteria.
While there are countless benefits to using dentures, like most things they can vary significantly in quality. While it can be tempting to save money where you can, this won’t always give you the best results. Low quality or ill-fitting dentures can cause discomfort and pain when chewing and talking. They often look fake and are more noticeable to others. They can also alter your face shape, by making it look sunken and less attractive. In comparison, high-quality dentures are durable, comfortable to wear and look natural. Their custom fit will also stop them from falling out and keep you looking your absolute best.
Dentures can be made from some different materials, so it can be hard to choose the right one. Porcelain and acrylic resin tend to be the materials that many dentists favour. Each has its pros and cons. Porcelain, for example, is durable and can last for a long time. But they can also get chipped, need careful handling and thorough cleaning. Acrylic causes little damage to your other teeth and can resist unsightly staining. However, they don’t last as long and can wear down, altering the size of the artificial tooth. It’s vital that you consider the pros and cons of each before deciding which one will work best.
For more information on the varying types of dentures, talk to your dentist. They can use their experience and expertise to advise you on which dentures would be most appropriate for you.