The dental implant professionals at Westermeier Martin Dental Care in Buffalo understand not all of their patients want dental implants. There are myriad reasons why this is the case, and because of that the dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care offer a popular alternative to dental implants – dentures and partials. We have conversations with our patients when they ask, “what are dentures?”
You may be wondering, what are dentures?
Dentures or partials, also called “false teeth,” are designed to replace a patient’s missing teeth. They can take the place of a few missing teeth or can be used by people who have lost all of their teeth. Dentures are a popular alternative, and cost effective, option for people who are missing teeth.
The way dentures and partials are made is by attaching a set of false teeth to a plastic or metal plate which is fitted to the individual patient’s mouth.
What are the reasons for tooth loss and the subsequent need for dentures or partials?
There are many reasons that people lose teeth and include:
If you’re missing one or two teeth, you may feel it’s not an issue, but missing even one or two teeth can lead to long-term consequences. When there are missing teeth, your other teeth will shift out of their positions and become misaligned. Teeth located next to the missing teeth will begin to sag inward and this will lead to problems with biting and chewing food.
Missing teeth can also lead to your cheeks taking on a sunken or drawn appearance and that can make you look older than you are.
Also, missing teeth leads to loss of bone density in your jaw. The reason for this is that the roots of your teeth maintain the integrity of the bone tissue in your jaw and missing teeth mean there are no nutrients traveling to your jaw bone. For patients who have a gap because of a missing tooth, the bone begins to atrophy and the bone tissue shrinks because of the missing nutrients. Visit a dentist sooner rather than later if you’re missing teeth to prevent bone loss.
What kind of dentures and partials are there?
Nothing in the dental field is a “one size fits all” and because of that, there is more than one tpe of denture.
Dental technology is continually evolving. The dentures you are fitted with today will be vastly different than your parents or grandparents had when they wore dentures that slipped or made it difficult for them to eat their favorite foods. The dentures of today are made from a variety of materials ranging from acrylic resins to flexible denture material.
Before you are fitted for dentures, make certain your dentist explains the advantages and any disadvantages of the particular styles available so you can make an informed decision. Choose the style that provides you the best, healthiest smile you can get!
Dentures and dental implants can go hand-in-hand at Westermeier Martin Dental Care. We can provide our patients with a variety of options and possibilities for replacing lost natural teeth. Not only do we offer premium, US-made dentures, but we also offer a variety of ways to stabilize them using dental implants. If you’re wondering, “what are dentures” and trying to decide whether dentures or dental implants are right for you, attend one of our upcoming Free Dental Implant Seminars.
If you’re missing teeth, give our office a call. We can help you get your healthy smile back!