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Dentures have come a long way in recent decades. Emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of modern dentures has made them far less noticeable. And, enhanced application of dentures through the use of dental implants now provides improved speech and chewing function while slowing the loss of a patient’s jawbone structure.
Our friendly staff at Legacy Dentistry of Virginia offers complete dentures, removable partial dentures, and dentures secured by dental implants. We find that our patients feel more confident and sociable while wearing dentures. Plus, dentures deliver several benefits to our patient’s oral health, such as alleviating bad breath and preventing diseases that affect gum tissue.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a set of false teeth used in the event of tooth loss. Dentists can create either complete dentures or a partial set for a patient’s upper or lower jaw. While old dentures often didn’t fit well or appeared unnatural, modern dentures fit securely and look like natural teeth. A dentist’s goal is to create a set of dentures that no one else notices while the patient wears them.
In the past, dental health, restored speech, and improved chewing represented dentures’ primary purposes. Creating a beautiful aesthetic served as a secondary goal. Nowadays, patients have become more concerned about appearance, and dentists have responded by creating dentures that patients can’t wait to show off.
Dentists and lab technicians create dentures out of many different materials, including:
- Composite resin
- Acrylic resin
- Nylon and other plastics
- Various metals
What Types of Dentures Are There?
Depending on a patient’s specific dental issue, a dentist may suggest a variety of different dentures. If a patient needs a total replacement for missing teeth, complete dentures represent a suitable option. If a patient lacks only a few teeth due to tooth decay or injury, then partial dentures will do.
Dentures secured by dental implants provide a more secure fit than others. However, patients must meet the minimum requirements for jawbone mass and density to become a candidate. Patients who have suffered a loss of jawbone mass or density will need to use denture adhesives placed along the surface of the dentures that make contact with the gums.
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
No patient looks forward to his or her first set of dentures. Their association with old age, how wearing dentures may feel, and the thought of daily denture cleaning sometimes cause patients to procrastinate about fixing their teeth. However, the longer a patient waits to get dentures, the more bone loss they will experience. Besides, dentures come with various significant benefits.
While dentures provide patients with almost perfect-looking teeth, they also resolve several other issues not related to appearance. Some of the other benefits offered by dentures include:
- Restored speech
- Improved chewing
- Decreased bone loss
- Enhanced facial structure
- Heightened self-esteem