Little Known Advantages of Removable Dentures
The thought of going toothless can leave you wishing that the face of the Earth could open up under you and swallow you whole. Toothlessness is one of the 5 common nightmares especially in America and Japan. This is because many people are afraid of facing the unseen effects of toothlessness such as bone loss and the open effects such as low self-esteem.
But what really causes tooth loss?
The most common cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Some rare cases of pregnancy and malnutrition have also been known to cause tooth loss. Dental trauma experienced during an accident and/or injury to the face and mouth, which may injure the teeth, gums and the alveolar bone are to blame too. The strong force involved in such a case might cause the root of the tooth to dislocate from its socket completely. One of the best solutions to fix this is dentures (false teeth).
There are three types dentures. We may suggest each depending on your situation. The four types of dentures include:
The dentist will suggest this especially if you’re missing some teeth on a particular arch. They would be crown and bridge dentures made from materials that resemble your missing teeth.
As the name suggests, the dentist will recommend these dentures when you’re missing all your teeth. You could get a complete upper set, a complete lower set, or both.
The dentist will recommend this type for patients who might have a hard time adjusting to new dentures, prefer a spare pair of dentures, or are comfortable with the aesthetics of their dentures.
Advantages of dentures
There are several benefits that have been associated with acquiring dentures. These include:
- Aesthetics: Teeth are meant to give a natural appearance to the face. Wearing dentures to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and the cheeks and improves the collapsed appearance that comes with the loss of teeth.
- Mastication: The simple act of chewing becomes difficult if you lack some or all of your teeth. Replacing the missing ones with dentures improves a patient’s ability to chew.
- Pronunciation: Missing teeth will interfere with proper pronunciation. Replacing them with dentures will greatly improve your manner of speech. There is a notable improvement in words with the acoustic character of fricative consonants of higher amplitude and pitch.
- Self-esteem: Lack of teeth lowers your self-esteem. Dentures improve looks and speech which can boost your confidence and interaction in different social environments.
How to take care of dentures
Just like normal teeth, you must take good care of your dentures to prevent a buildup of plaque and tartar. It’s imperative that you clean your dentures, so that deposits of microbial plaque and food debris cannot accumulate. Such accumulations might cause angular stomatitis, denture stomatitis, odors, as well as staining. These accumulations will lead to wearing the dentures down.
Do the following to care for your dentures:
Once you have your dentures, you must brush them just as you would normal teeth. To do this, use toothpaste, water, and a soft nylon brush. Make sure that the brush reaches into all areas of the denture surface.
Another option is to immerse your dentures in a liquid cleaner from time to time to control denture plaque. Use liquid cleaners such as denture bleachers, effervescent solutions, persulphates and acid cleaners that the dentist recommends.
No one wishes to lose teeth at any point in their lives, but if it happens, interventions like having removable dentures will still enable you to lead your normal life with a beautiful smile and winning and thriving personal and professional relationships.
Call us at Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg on (540) 371- 9090 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment today to find out if dentures are right for you.