Should You Fix Your Teeth Or Get Dentures?

Have you struggled for several years with several dental concerns?

We often hear from patients that they are torn between the decision to fix teeth or get dentures after having their problem teeth pulled. When teeth are continually causing difficulties, it can be easy to understand why you are tempted to have them removed to get a set of full dentures.

This is undoubtedly a good option for some patients with specific circumstances. However, there are some situations where taking a more conservative approach is the better choice. Dentures aren’t always the direction to go in. So, which option will prove to be the better one for you?

A consultation with your dentist can help you determine the right choice based on your unique dental health.

When Possible, Teeth Restoration Is Recommended

Dentures are an excellent solution for those who are missing natural teeth. However, most dental professionals will agree that the restoration of teeth is the best course of action when possible. Damage and decay can often be addressed with one or more restorative treatments.

Even with denture technology advancements, there are no solutions that can restore 100% of your dental functionality. Restoring your natural teeth with fillings, root canal therapy, and dental crowns can be the better direction for some patients.

If your teeth are badly decayed, beyond the point of restoration, then it can prove to be the better option to extract them before they cause more issues. Patients who have significant pain, advancing decay, and are at risk of losing their teeth are considered good candidates for dentures.

A Reminder, Dentures Cannot Truly Replace Teeth

Dentures are a very effective way to restore your ability to smile, enjoy foods, and speak with better clarity after you’ve lost natural teeth. Advances in denture technology have ensured that patients get better comfort, a better fit, and much less irritation from their dentures.

However, even the best in fitted dentures will not make it possible for you to eat certain hard to chew foods. Your dentures could slip or otherwise move out of place when you’re eating, laughing, or speaking. Some definite lifestyle adjustments need to be made when you have a full set of dentures.

Securing dentures in place with dental implants can offer significant improvements in functionality over traditional dentures alone. Not every patient is an immediately suitable candidate for dental implants, as bone loss starts to occur almost immediately once teeth are removed or lost.

Dentures Require Regular Adjustments

As a result of the bone loss that occurs when natural teeth are lost, dentures will not provide a continuous fit. Dentures need to be relined, or possibly entirely replaced, quite regularly. The frequency will depend on your oral anatomy and, of course, the rate at which you are losing bone. Not keeping up with relining and refitting will lead to problems with your dentures fitting and with them slipping when speaking or eating.

When dentures are attached to dental implants, there are significantly fewer adjustments required. It will still be necessary to address the fit and monitor your gums and dentures’ health, but patients spend much less time in the office getting examined.

Considering Implant-Supported Dentures

If it is not practical to restore health to your natural teeth, the replacement must offer you the functionality you need. Traditional dentures can restore around 20% of dental function, whereas dental implants and implant support dentures can offer 90% of dental function restoration. The implantation process of the dental implant stimulated the jaw bone to avoid bone loss and deterioration in the jaw, resulting in signs of premature aging.

There are several options to restore your smile and the health of your mouth. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan when it comes to the restoration of your teeth and your smile. The best option is to discuss your frustrations, concerns, and goals for your smile with your dentist. A consultation can help you to determine the best option to meet your dental wellness needs.

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