One of the first things we notice about a person is their smile. A wide range of health conditions, lifestyle habits, and sometimes just bad luck can cause the function and appearance of our teeth to decline. Dentures can not only help restore the appearance of your smile but can also help improve your quality of life.
Signs it is Time to Choose Dentures
Although maintaining good oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist can help prolong the life of your teeth, there are several symptoms that can indicate it is time to have them pulled. These symptoms include:
- Inflamed gums (causing pain, bleeding, redness, and swelling)
- Severe tooth pain (indicating that the decay has reached the nerve and the tooth is beyond saving)
- Missing more than a few teeth (which puts extra pressure on your remaining teeth)
- Bone loss (indicated by loose or shifting teeth)
- Having a hard time eating foods
- Indigestion (from not properly chewing your food)
There are several different types of dentures available to you depending on your needs.
A set of permanent dentures is exactly what it sounds like – they are removable teeth that are meant to “permanently” replace your natural ones. That being said, even well-made permanent dentures will need to be replaced every 7-10 years. This type of dentures cannot be made for you until 3-6 months after your teeth are extracted because the shape of your gums and jaw will be changing dramatically during this time.
Rather than go toothless, many people elect to have immediate dentures made. They either use these ones long-term or just until they permanent ones can be made. A mold of your mouth is made before your teeth are extracted in order to allow these dentures to be made. During the first few months of wearing these, you will likely need to have them re-aligned often as your gums shrink.
In some cases, only certain teeth need to be replaced. It is a good idea to keep as many of your own teeth as possible. Partial dentures snap in around your existing teeth to help even out your smile and make eating easier.
If you would like to learn more about dentures and whether or not they are the right option for you, make an appointment at Implant Dentistry of Virginia in Virginia Beach. We would be happy to evaluate your needs. Contact us today to book your dental evaluation!