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Dentures for Missing Teeth

When you lose one tooth or many, you must decide quickly about a tooth replacement. There are several options from which you can choose. However, the availability of tooth replacement options may make your decision difficult. 

Unfortunately, time does not work for you when it comes to missing teeth. The longer you go without replacing your missing teeth, the more likely you will experience adverse side effects. This includes losing more teeth or facing bone loss. Your teeth and jaw bones need the full support of all your teeth in order to maintain their health and structure. 

If you are looking for a replacement option that is quick, convenient, and reliable, consider dentures. Dentures are a type of prosthetic for missing teeth. You can utilize dentures regardless of how many teeth you are missing. In fact, you can request either complete or partial dentures. 

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Pros of Dentures

Unlike other replacement options, the process of getting dentures is relatively shorter than the rest. First, your dentist will cast impressions of your remaining teeth or your mouth in order to create well-fitting dentures. This ensures your dentures will fit comfortably in your mouth. Additionally, custom dentures are less likely to move around or slip while eating or speaking.

Receiving dentures is relatively painless compared to other replacement options, such as dental implants. With dental implants, you have to undergo an invasive surgery where recovery takes weeks, if not months. Your jaw must heal between each stage while you receive dental implants, which makes the process take a long time. In addition, surgeries tend to cause pain during recovery. 

Initially, you may feel some discomfort or soreness. However, this irritation should go away quickly once your mouth gets used to holding dentures. Otherwise, you need to contact your doctor to correct the issue. 

Generally, dentures are suitable for everyone. Certain replacement procedures and options require stable jaws with a higher level of overall wellness. The requirements for dentures are typically less stringent than, say, dental implants.

Cons of Dentures

While dentures have many advantages, some people may not like other aspects of this replacement. You will have to decide what you need for your oral health and what features are best for you. 

For example, you must remove your dentures each night before you sleep. This is to keep you healthy and your dentures functional. If you sleep with dentures in your mouth, you can develop sores in your mouth and even upset your jawbones. In addition, your mouth needs a break from dentures; otherwise, it will start to break down. 

Since dentures are removable, some patients have problems moving or slipping while eating or speaking. Not only does this create a problem for your nutrition, but it can also affect your confidence. For example, you may not be able to eat some foods that you love because your dentures cannot stay in place or adequately break them down. Additionally, when dentures slip, they can slur your speech as you talk.