A More Youthful, Functional Smile
If you lose all of your teeth in your upper or lower jaws, you won’t be able to talk or eat normally anymore. Also, your lips and cheeks will start to sink inward, creating wrinkles and causing you to look older. Dr. Trantham will help keep your smile and your face young-looking with comfortable, custom-made dentures in Melbourne. Don’t make yourself live with extensive tooth loss; contact our office today!
What are Dentures?
Dentures are also called “false teeth”; they help restore a patient’s ability to chew and pronounce certain words. There are two basic kinds of dentures that are used in different situations:
Full dentures are probably the more well-known kind of false teeth. They’re used when an entire arch of teeth is gone or mostly gone; any remaining teeth are extracted to make room for the dentures. They’re usually made of acrylic resin and metal.
Partial dentures are used when there are still plenty of healthy teeth left in an arch; they can fill in a single gap, or they can replace teeth in multiple areas. They’re made of similar materials as full dentures, but they also include a metal clasp to hold them in place.
How Do Dentures Work?
Full dentures stay in place on the gums thanks to natural suction, but you can also use a special adhesive for added security and stability. Partial dentures use a metal clasp instead. In both cases, your dentures will support the structures around your cheeks and lips. They also make it possible to eat foods that require chewing and make sure that the biting forces are distributed correctly.
Your dentures may need to be relined and repaired over time. However, if you take good care of them, you can usually make them last for about a decade.
Benefits of Dentures
- Better Nutrition: Without your teeth, you may need to adopt a liquid diet, which limits what you can eat and can result in malnutrition. Dentures will let you safely eat many different kinds of foods.
- A Natural-Looking Smile: Modern dentures are designed to resemble your real teeth as closely as possible so that you can smile with confidence.
- Improved Quality of Life: Overall, you’ll find life much more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about not being able to order certain foods at a restaurant or worrying about others seeing embarrassing gaps when you open your mouth.
If you get full dentures that are supported by dental implants, you’ll enjoy several additional benefits. Dental implants will stop your jawbone from deteriorating over time, which goes a long way towards maintaining a youthful look. Also, since implants firmly hold dentures in place, you won’t have to worry about them slipping at embarrassing moments. You’ll also find that the chewing power of implant-supported teeth is almost equal to that of natural teeth, so there are virtually no restrictions on what you can or can’t eat. Ask Dr. Trantham, your dentist in Melbourne, whether you’re a candidate for dental implants.
Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.