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What comes to mind when you think of dentures?
If your grandparents had dentures, then you may recall those false teeth slipping out from time to time as they told you a story. It may have seemed funny when you were a child, but as an adult, you realize that might have been embarrassing for them.
In modern dentistry, dentures look more natural, feel more secure, and come in more varieties than our grandparents ever had.
If you are interested in getting dentures soon or in the near future, then now is the time to talk to a dentist. If you live in or near Paradise, CA, that dentist should be Robert D. Moores, D.D.S.
What You Do Next Is More Important Than How You Got Here
When you were younger, you probably didn’t give much thought to losing your teeth.
Teeth are pretty resilient. Unless you suffer some kind of traumatic injury, it takes time for a problem to reach a point where it is a threat to your tooth or teeth.
And yet, an estimated 35 million people are missing at least one row of teeth, according to the National Institutes of Health.
If you are one of them, you can do a couple things.
The first option is to do nothing. You can keep leaving without teeth, and you can find out how it changes your life. You may not mind smoothies, applesauce, mashed potatoes, and soup at first, but you will start to miss other foods before long — whether you want a steak, fried chicken, or something crunchy like carrots.
Have teeth or teeth replacements can make a big difference in what you can eat. The lack of teeth also can affect your confidence. When someone asks you to smile for a picture and you don’t have teeth, you might decide to stop smiling altogether.
Your second option is to make an appointment. Come talk to Dr. Moores about the kinds of dentures that are available. Learn how each one can improve your ability to eat and restore the appearance of your smile.
What Kind of Dentures Is Right For You?
This will depend on the number of teeth you lost, how long you want to keep your dentures, and what foods you want to be able to eat.
Here’s a quick overview of the kinds of dentures that are available in modern dentistry:
☐ Temporary dentures — Temporary dentures can be created to help people who are missing one tooth or an entire row of teeth. As the name suggests, the purpose of these dentures is to serve as a short-term solution until your permanent tooth or teeth replacements are ready.
☐ Partial dentures — A gum-colored mold serves as the base for these dentures. For someone who is missing some, but not all of the teeth in a row of his or her mouth, partial dentures provide a way to fill those gaps.
These dentures are secured by hooks that connect them to your remaining teeth.
(As an aside, you can also consider dental bridges in these situations.)
☐ Full dentures — This is what comes to mind when most people think of dentures. These two are placed on a gum-colored base, and they are used to replace an entire row of teeth. These will allow you to eat some foods, but not as many foods as you could eat when you had all your teeth.
Denture adhesives are often used to keep these dentures in place. Over time, you will need to replace these dentures or have them refitted.
☐ Implant-supported dentures — Dental implants provide a way to add stability and strength to your dentures. Implants replace the roots of your missing teeth. After a series of implants are placed in your jaw, you will need time to heal.
When you are ready, your dentures will be attached to a bar that connects to the abutment ends of your dental implants. These dentures do not require adhesives, and the extra stability allows you to eat practically all the foods you could eat before you lost your teeth.
☐ Implant-retained dentures — These are similar to implant-supported dentures. The primary difference is that your dentures are attached to your implants with a ball-and-socket instead of a bar.
It’s worth noting that mini implants can be used for both implant-supported and implant- retained dentures as well.
What Will You Do?
Will you keep living with something missing? Or will you take the initiative to restore your smile and your ability to eat the foods that you want to eat?
Will you call the office of Robert D. Moores, D.D.S., in Paradise, CA, to make an appointment to get dentures?
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