How to Tell If You Need Dentures

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granny blonde hair pointing at white teeth healthy smile You may need help determining when you are ready for dentures. Dentures have made great strides in recent years, offering a natural-looking, comfortable solution for those with tooth loss. These tips will help you decide whether dentures are right for you and what signs to look for.

Understanding Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. They can help restore your smile and improve your overall oral health.

Types of Dentures

There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace only some of the teeth. Your dentist will recommend the appropriate type based on your specific needs.

Benefits of Dentures

Some key benefits of dentures include improved appearance, increased self-confidence, enhanced chewing ability, better speech, and support for facial muscles.

Signs You May Need Dentures

There are several signs that you might need dentures. Here are some of the most common:

  • Tooth Loss - Tooth loss can result from gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. If you've lost multiple teeth, dentures may be a suitable option to restore your smile and prevent further dental issues.

  • Difficulty Chewing - Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew certain foods, leading to poor nutrition. Dentures can help you enjoy a more varied diet by replacing missing teeth and improving your ability to chew.

  • Pain and Discomfort - Dentures may provide relief if you're experiencing persistent pain and discomfort due to missing or damaged teeth.

  • Frequent Oral Health Problems - Constant dental issues like infections, abscesses, or gum disease may indicate dentures are necessary.

Caring for Your Dentures

Proper care and maintenance are essential for extending the lifespan of your dentures. Here are some key tips:

  • Clean your dentures daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and denture cleaner.

  • Handle dentures gently to avoid damage.

  • Rinse dentures after meals to remove trapped food particles.

  • Soak dentures overnight in a denture solution and give your gums a rest.

  • Schedule regular dental checkups for optimal denture fit and gum health.

Dr. Scott Greenhalgh's dental practice team offers excellent services and consultations in the Lakewood, Denver, and surrounding Colorado areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment by filling out the contact form or calling 303.988.9060.