Whether you've already lost your teeth or are planning to have your remaining teeth extracted, you're probably debating your denture options. Wake Forest, NC, dentist Dr. Shanean Anderson of Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest discusses the importance of denture wear and explains the various types of dentures available.
Why replacing lost teeth is so important
A full smile improves your appearance and offers a boost to your self-confidence, but appearance isn't the only reason that restoring your smile is important. Eating becomes a much less enjoyable experience after you've lost your teeth. Dentures restore your ability to eat a varied diet that provides all the nutrients you need for good health.
Although you may not realize it until your teeth are gone, teeth play a very important role in speech. Without your teeth, it may be difficult or impossible to form some words. Communicating with other people, something most of us take for granted, can become a very frustrating experience.
Which dentures should I choose?
Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, you may benefit from:
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are an excellent option if you've lost several teeth in a row. The dentures hook over teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth and are removed for cleaning.
- Full Dentures: Removable full dentures replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw after your mouth has healed from your extractions. They're held in place by suction and must be adjusted periodically to ensure a proper fit.
- Immediate Dentures: Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth are extracted. A few weeks before your extraction appointment, you'll visit our Wake Forest office. During the visit, we'll make an impression of your mouth which will be used to create your immediate dentures.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Your dentures are attached to a metal framework connected to implants embedded in your jaw if you choose implant-supported dentures. The dentures offer improved biting power and comfort.
Are you ready to restore your smile with dentures? Call Wake Forest, NC, dentist Dr. Shanean Anderson of Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest at (919) 825-1795 to schedule an appointment.