Beyond just chewing and biting, healthy teeth impact our self-esteem. Hence, good teeth are as important to our quality of life as it is to our dental health. If you have missing teeth, it doesn’t just impact your bite and chewing function. Your social confidence and self-esteem will keep diminishing as you talk and smile.
But missing teeth do not have to let you fall into low self-esteem. Dentures mimic natural teeth in both appearance and function. Apart from replacing your smile and self-esteem, dentures support facial muscles and structures and help you overcome speaking difficulties.
Transforming and Renewing Your Smile With Dentures
Dentures (or false teeth) are removable replacements for tooth loss or missing teeth. Dentures are made from acrylic resin or sometimes porcelain. Maybe you’ve lost your teeth to tooth decay, gum disease, or physical injury, dentures offer you the opportunity to replace your missing teeth and enable you to restore your self-confidence, rejuvenate your appearance, and improve your quality of life.
Different Types of Available Dentures
Full or Complete Dentures
Complete dentures are also called full dentures because they replace the complete missing arch of teeth. Hence, they form a removable replacement for a patient’s set of teeth. They have the special ability to help patients improve their bite force, grinding, and chewing skills. In other words, they improve a patient’s eating ability.
Removable Partial Dentures
Just as the name suggests, removable partial dentures replace a few missing teeth in the mouth. Hence, removable partial dentures are useful in cases where you’ve lost some teeth to tooth decay, jaw injury, gum disease, or tooth extraction.
Fixed Partial Dentures
These are also called fixed bridges. They’re non-removable, so they’re surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Fixed partial dentures have the benefit of preventing adjacent teeth from shifting and hence restoring bite or shifting problems.
It is possible to combine the functional and aesthetic benefits of dental implants and dentures for smile restoration. Implant-supported dentures are sturdy and do not require a denture adhesive because they use dental implants to support the force of your bite. Hence, they improve patients’ ability to chew and smile.
Benefits of Transforming Your Smile With Dentures
Dentures are more than just teeth replacement prosthetics. Here are some ways dentures transform your smile and improve your quality of life.
Improves Your Speech
Apart from leaving a hole in your smile, tooth loss can impair your speech function because of the radical changes that occur in the bones and gums that support the missing teeth. These changes affect the placement of the jaws and, ultimately, your speech. Dentures function just like natural teeth, so they mimic teeth both in appearance and function. They allow you to pronounce sounds well and restore the free flow of speech when you pronounce words.
Enhances Your Appearance
When a tooth is missing, the adjoining supporting areas around the jaw area sink, shrink, and may even sag due to a tooth loss-induced facial collapse. The result is a sunken face which changes the shape and structure of the face and, ultimately, facial appearance. Just a little dental restoration involving dentures can help conquer these problems. They can be customized to match the size, shape, and color of adjacent teeth and hence restore your natural smile.
Boosts Your Confidence
Apart from just replacing missing teeth, enhancing the appearance with dentures gives patients the confidence to smile naturally because they never have to be self-conscious about their appearance and how it affects their speech. Dentures will restore your naturally healthy smile that will add a boost to your confidence.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
When you lose a tooth, your bite function, chewing ability also goes along with it. This places restrictions on your food choices. With dentures, you restore your ability to enjoy all food because you can now bite and chew normally, just like normal healthy teeth.
Supports Your Facial Muscle
A normal healthy tooth is supported by the adjoining jaw bone. But, when a tooth is missing, it results in bone loss characterized by shrinking of the jaw bone and hence progressive loss of facial support and ultimately your appearance. This is where dentures come to the rescue. Because they mimic natural teeth, they provide the needed support to stimulate bone regrowth and hence support facial muscle and appearance.