A Dentistry IQ article highlights how dentures – both partial and complete – can be very uncomfortable despite being extremely helpful in replacing lost teeth. Dentures are often recommended to replace missing teeth and are expected to assume the function of the lost teeth, which is for masticating food, for improving pronunciation, and for allowing the patient to smile confidently. However, for dentures to perform these functions, they need to be expertly fitted.
“Dentures and partial dentures are treatment options that are an acceptable way to replace function and missing teeth. Unfortunately, many practitioners find the creation of said prostheses frustrating and difficult. Not only can the fabrication be challenging, but, statistically, these populations of patients have the highest percentage of dental complaints. Why? Because the loss of the problematic natural teeth is often considered a way to eliminate dental woes. Instead, a removable prosthesis is actually an introduction into a new realm of challenges. Regardless of these concerns, when treatment planned and fabricated correctly, the outcome for partials and dentures can be predictable.”
Types of Dentures
A patient needing dentures can choose from various types depending on several factors like the number of missing teeth, their position, and the condition of the gums. A skilled Concord dentist will always make sure to examine the health of the patient’s teeth and gums first before determining which type of dentures will suit him.
Partial dentures are usually prescribed to patients who are missing some teeth or parts of a tooth, while complete dentures are used when all teeth in a single arch are missing.
Alternative to Dentures
Having to wear dentures all day can be uncomfortable and painful for some because of the strain it puts on the gums. However, as the article from Dentistry IQ states, the results of using partials and dentures can be predictable if they are fabricated and fitted correctly by a reliable dentist in Concord.
For patients who prefer a different treatment, dental implants and bridges can be the right replacement teeth. Implants and bridges closely resemble natural teeth in appearance and function, but they are more costly. Additionally, not everyone can be a candidate for dental implants, so it’s better to ask your local Concord dentist, Dr. Kent Davis, D.D.S., for a professional assessment.
Dentures are usually applicable to most cases, but due to the discomfort they give the wearer, some look for alternatives for replacing missing teeth. Patients in need of replacement teeth should have a licensed dentist check the condition of their remaining teeth and gums to determine the appropriate dental solutions.
(Source: Dentures, partial, and their role in dentistry, dentistryiq.com, March 2014)