Dentures: The Pros and Cons

Have missing teeth? If so, the types of problems your predicament poses are no laughing matter. Not only might you find yourself with unappealing gaps in your smile, but you may also experience difficulty chewing and speaking. While visiting a denturist to discuss your options may seem like an off-putting proposition, there’s less to worry about than you might realize. Today’s dentures have evolved and are much more natural looking and comfortable to wear than their predecessors. A visit to your denture clinic in Calgary may put you on the fast track to an affordable, effective and discrete solution to your problem.

A dentist showing the proper maintenance of dentures to a patient

Types of Dentures

There are two basic types of dentures you can get: full and partial. As you might infer, these dentures are respectively intended to either replace an entire set of teeth or only a select portion of missing teeth. In both cases, the dental prosthetic rests on top of the gums [partials rest on both the remaining natural dentition and the tissue] and needs to be removed in order to be cleaned every day. There are also various materials that can be used in the fabrication of complete and partial dentures that we will be able to discuss with you. As an alternative, some patients might elect to replace their missing teeth with a denture secured by dental implants. With this technology, prosthetic teeth are permanently attached to the jawbone via a titanium post that’s placed by your dentist.

Pros of Using a Denture

Using a denture continues to be one of the most common ways of dealing with the problem of missing teeth. It has a number of potential benefits for patients including:

  • Improved ability to chew food and thus better digestion and health
  • Enhanced capacity to form speech sounds
  • Supported facial muscles, thereby helping retain a more youthful appearance
  • An attractive and natural-looking smile
  • The most affordable option for replacing missing teeth

Cons of Using a Denture

Even though dentures have evolved tremendously since your grandparents first used them, there’s still a number of ways in which they fall short of being an all around perfect solution. The shortcomings of dentures include: 

  • Inability to stimulate the jawbone, resulting in bone resorption that disrupts facial structure, frequently leading to sunken cheeks and mouth. 
  • Can cause painful sores if they don’t fit properly. In this case the denture will be refitted and the problem will subsequently clear up. 
  • Aren’t permanently fixed to your mouth and may fall out, especially if the fit is too loose due to poor oral supporting structures.
  • It is very uncommon to have a stable lower denture unless supported by dental implants.
  • Need to be relined periodically and replaced every five to seven years.
  • Not all foods are easy to chew.
  • Can easily fracture for various reasons.

Dentures in Calgary

Go Dental is a complete dental and denture clinic with an on-site Denturist Specialist to provide you with the care you require. Contact us today at our Calgary clinic to find out more about dentures and dental implants, and discover the solution to missing teeth that’s right for you.

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