When Is The Right Time For Dentures?

Although a lot of people imagine only older people need dentures, they can help younger people, too. Patients as young as 30 years old can get dentures after they’ve lost teeth from advanced gum disease or decay. Medical problems, such as acid reflux, may also make dentures necessary for younger patients. Other people may lose several teeth after a single event, like a serious car accident or sports injury. Whatever the reason you need dentures, getting them can help restore the health and function of your mouth as well as your confidence in your appearance. If you need to replace missing teeth with dentures, schedule a consultation with DentalWorks in Crystal Lake, IL to get more information on the options in dentures so you can choose which fits your needs, goals, and budget.

If you don’t want dentures because you think they’re a bulky device full of fake teeth that fit awkwardly, you will be amazed at how much dentures have improved. Advanced equipment and stronger materials mean that dentures are natural-looking. When fitted properly by a board-certified dentist, dentures are very secure in your mouth. These days, there are lots of choices when you get dentures, which means you can select the dentures that match your needs and goals. Once you decide to get dentures, you’ll face a choice between removable or implant-supported dentures.

    To replace the top and/or bottom arches of your teeth, removable dentures are the traditional option. Traditional dentures are adhered to your gums using special dental glue and can be removed at night. DentalWorks in Crystal Lake, IL offers removable dentures that are custom made in a dental lab from the highest quality materials to fit comfortably and look natural. Traditional dentures should be brushed and flossed two times a day, at least, then soaked in water or a cleaning solution while you sleep. You do need to be careful what you eat when you’re wearing dentures so you don’t damage them. Traditional dentures can feel weird initially, but with a custom fit plus a little time, you will re-gain your confidence when you eat, speak, and smile.
    A relatively modern option, dentures may be held in place by implants so they can stay in day and night. The posts are placed at several points in your gums and jawbone. As soon as your gums and jaw have integrated with the implants, the posts can connect to your dentures. Just like traditional dentures, implanted dentures can replace one or both arches of your teeth; however, unlike removable dentures, implant-supported dentures don’t require soaking or adhesives. Implant-supported dentures are in all the time, so they need to be flossed and brushed just like natural teeth at least twice a day. A lot of younger people choose implant-supported dentures because they are easier to care for and have fewer food restrictions. Before implant-supported dentures can be considered, your dentist will check to make sure your jawbone and gums are strong enough to securely hold implants. When you have missing teeth or have worn removable dentures for too long, your gums or jaw may atrophy until they are not strong enough to hold an implant. If this has happened, bone and/or gum augmentation may be recommended to prepare your mouth to hold the implants.

Along with choosing between implant and removable dentures, you can get dentures that are full or partials. Despite what you might believe, dentures don’t need to replace all of you teeth.

    If asked to think about dentures, most people would probably imagine full removable dentures. A full denture is used to replace an entire arch. You may need a full restoration for your lower arch, upper arch, or a set of both if you are missing all your teeth. Since full dentures replace all of your teeth, any remaining natural teeth will need to be extracted.
    When you have a few of your teeth and they’re healthy and strong, you might be a good candidate to get a partial denture. Like a dental bridge, a partial denture takes advantage of your natural teeth to support the false teeth. Partials at DentalWorks in Crystal Lake, IL are customized to blend with your remaining teeth so your entire smile is natural-looking.

If you have several missing teeth, you are a candidate for dentures. Although many patients want to improve their smile, there’s several other reasons to choose dentures. To begin, missing teeth make it harder for your mouth to complete its major jobs — speaking and chewing food. Every time you loose a tooth, it is more difficult to talk and chew. Also, lost teeth impact your gums, jaw, and remaining teeth. Spaces left by lost teeth allow the remaining teeth to move and become misaligned. Also, if your jawbone and gum tissue aren’t working to hold a tooth, atrophy can occur. This can cause other issues and may make it challenging to hold dentures or other restorations. Finally, large gaps in your smile can impact your confidence and might be holding you back in your professional or personal life.

No matter your age, dental needs, and wants, dentures are designed to restore your mouth’s look and function. When you’re ready to get dentures, it’s important to choose a reputable dental practice in Crystal Lake, IL with experience and skill in restorations so your results look great, fit comfortably, function correctly, and last as long as possible. If you’re interested in learning more about dentures and deciding if it’s a good option for you, make a consultative appointment at DentalWorks in Crystal Lake, IL. Once we have heard your concerns and goals, the dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw so we can recommend which type of dentures are right for you. DentalWorks uses top-quality materials and we have every restoration made custom so they look natural and fit securely.