My dentures changed my life...
Losing a single tooth is an inconvenience but if you continue to lose teeth, you will find that it becomes harder to enjoy certain foods and speak clearly. After losing a certain number of teeth, you may even find that your facial structure has changed. You look different. You feel different. Your quality of life has declined. It doesn't have to be that way. Dentures can transform your life for the better.
Because tooth loss typically happens gradually, you don't notice at first how big of an impact it is having on your day-to-day activities. When you get your first set of well-fitted dentures, you'll immediately discover that you look better, smile bigger and can finally eat your favorite foods again. All of this happens as soon as you receive your dentures. It's like night and day and it's a transformation for the better.
Is it time for dentures?
Dental decay is blind. It affects people from all walks of life and at all ages. Some people are surprised to find that they need full or partial dentures as young as their early 20's. Needing dentures earlier in life is often less talked about, even though it isn't uncommon. If you are in pain or feel like you are losing your sense of confidence because of tooth decay or tooth loss then it's time to consider dentures.
How do you know you are ready for dentures? Most of the time when a patient contacts a respected Colorado Springs restorative dentist, they have a lot of questions about the process, cost and care of receiving dentures. It's natural to have a lot of concerns and to be hesitant to make the plunge into full or partial dentures. The important thing is that you feel ready. You know your body best. A good dentist will advise you on what they professionally consider the best and healthiest option for you without pressuring you into making an immediate decision.
Here's some of the advantages that people find when they receive their new dentures:
- I can eat my favorite foods again!
- I'm not ashamed of my smile anymore!
- I feel more confident & happier!
- No more dental pain!
- I can't stop smiling!
- No more tooth sensitivity!
If you are suffering from severe tooth loss or tooth decay then it might be time to schedule a consultation with a Colorado Springs dentist to find out if dentures are right for you.
Deciding on dentures
Full or partial dentures?
Similar to bridges, dentures fill the gap left by missing teeth. With a partial set of dentures, the prosthetic teeth are arranged on a metal frame that attaches to a crown on a neighboring tooth. Partial dentures are normally used at the end of a row of teeth or where one tooth serves as an anchor. This can be a good option if you have lost a few teeth but still have good teeth you don't want removed.
Complete dentures allow individuals who have lost all of their teeth (or have bad decay and need to have the remaining teeth removed) to have a normal and functioning smile. In this case, the complete set is mounted in a plastic form that is molded to match up perfectly with your oral anatomy. A denture adhesive is used to keep teeth in place during the day, but they are completely removable at night.
Dentures may be used on their own or in conjunction with dental implants to give you enhanced function and cosmetic beauty. Most of our patients find that dentures alone are a cost-effective option for aging teeth and gum disease. They can relieve pain, boost confidence and get you feeling better about your dental health.
If your teeth have reached the point where you are considering dentures, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our Colorado Springs restorative dental experts. At Dublin Dental Center, we will do an assessment of your condition and provide you with options that are tailored to meet your needs.