A denture should be worn most of the time. removable dentures does not need surgical procedure making it a less invasive option compared to dental implants. Other than being functional, dentures need to be comfortable as well. You need to decide which is the most comfortable option for you and this depends on your oral health condition and your financial capacity. When considering different Restorative dentistry treatment to aid your decision, check the following:
- Replacing one or two teeth – Have you got a lost tooth? You are not alone. The American Dental Association reports that adults ages from 20 to 64 have decayed or missing teeth. Fortunately, it is possible to replace the teeth with a bridge. When one or two missing teeth is replaced with a bridge, especially an implant between it. But if your denture is best suited for your case, a flexible denture or snap on fixtures may be used. Flexible dentures are most comfortable because it hugs the contours of the gum and it does not cause bruises to the gum and can last longer than other types of dentures. You also need to consider the location of the missing teeth.
- Molars – molars, especially those located in the back portion can take most of the chewing stress and in this case, flexible dentures may not work. Dental bridge is definitely the best choice.
- Upper front teeth or bottom teeth – The upper front or bottom parts of the teeth do not take a much chewing pressure as opposed to near the molar. What is important in this section is how your teeth will look, and it should match the colors of your neighboring teeth.
- One or two back molars – If you lost a wisdom tooth, it is okay not to replace it. It does not affect your chewing functionality and the appearance of your smile won’t be affected. The best option is an implant-supported denture. Partial dentures may also be comfortable.
- Replacing a large number of teeth – When a large number of teeth needs to be replaced, consider a flexible Denture partials, or implant supported.
- A Complete or Full Denture – When most or all of the teeth will need to be replaced, Complete Dentures are required. It can be flexible, or implant supported. Implants cost more.
There are many ways to replace a missing tooth. If you are missing a front tooth, consider getting a bridge to span the gap. It makes sense that the bridge will need a replacement to the front tooth for aesthetics and functionality. You can also opt-in for a flexible, or snap-in bridge.
For molars, the functionality of the teeth is often preferred than making it look as close to your natural teeth. This is because this part will take all of the chewing load; thus, a bridge is not an excellent choice. If you are planning to replace your wisdom tooth, it’s okay not to have a replacement for it.
If you need replacement of a large set of teeth or even have your entire upper or lower set replaced, a full replacement is needed. Take a closer look at Cost of Partial Dentures.
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