Losing teeth can be a very emotional experience. Not only is this often considered a sign of advanced aging, but it can also have a very significant impact on a person’s confidence and social life. Sadly, some people have the misfortune of experiencing widespread tooth loss at very early ages. Regardless of where you are in your life when tooth loss occurs, investing in a quality pair of dentures will boost your self-esteem and your overall quality of living. Following are some of the things that every patient should expect when getting the first pair of dentures.
Access to the Latest, Most Innovative Denture Treatments
Dentures have been around for quite some time and they’ve certainly evolved throughout the years. The current range of options in tooth replacement procedures is surprisingly expansive. Patients have access to traditional dentures that can be affixed to the mouth via a combination of store-bought adhesives and a snug and seamless fit. The latest innovation in dentures, however, makes it possible for patients to keep their new teeth permanently affixed to the mouth, all of the time. This allows for a more natural-looking and natural-feeling finish. It is also a much more convenient solution. For these and many other reasons, implant dentures have become a very popular option for tooth replacement.
Among some of the lesser-known benefits of implant dentistry, however, is its ability to prevent the deterioration of the jawbone, which is important for maintaining good facial structure and even good, overall health. Whenever the natural tooth roots are extracted, the body will route less blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the affected area. Given that the body grafts the titanium posts used in implant dentistry directly into the jawbone, these are ultimately treated much like natural tooth roots. This means that the body will continue bringing a generous supply of oxygen and nutrients, and that bone density loss will occur at a significantly slower rate.
Access to Any Necessary, Secondary Treatments
With implant dentures, the foremost goal is to start with a sufficiently stable and healthy foundation. As such, patients have to have good jawbone density and enough bone mass for supporting the titanium posts that are required for treatment. For people who have experienced a significant amount of bone deterioration in this area, bone grafting procedures can often be used to build the foundation back up. To ensure a seamless treatment process overall, patients may want to have their bone grafting and implant procedures performed in the same place.
Information About Maintenance, Ongoing Care
Implant dentures can be cleaned much like the natural teeth. To ensure the long-term success of these treatments, however, patients require ongoing oral care. Just because all of the natural teeth are replaced with artificial ones, this doesn’t mean that the need for regular, preventative dental care no longer exists. Due to this fact, patients will get detailed maintenance instructions when receiving their dentures, as well as recommendations for establishing a schedule for continuing care.
Ability to Ask Plenty Of Questions
No matter what type of dentures you ultimately choose to invest in, this change is guaranteed to be a major life experience. It will take time to adapt to your new teeth irrespective of whether you’ll be using special adhesives or secure, titanium posts to keep them in. A good dentist will always take the time to help prepare you for this adjustment by answering all of your questions and addressing any concerns. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Implant Dentistry of Virginia, located in Virginia Beach, where we would be happy to answer any questions you may have!