Benefits Of Dentures

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Dentures, which are also known as false teeth, are devices designed to take the place of missing teeth and are supported by the hard and soft palate (tissues of the oral cavity).

Measurements are taken and then designed by a prosthodontist (cosmetic and reconstruction dental specialist) with the assistance of a dental laboratory. The dentures may be removable partial type or a complete denture. We have come a long way since dentures were originally designed.  With newer techniques and materials, it is often difficult to detect a well-fitting denture appliance.

While many people might  prefer a bridge or dental implant, there may be reasons why the individual is not a candidate, making dentures a reasonable alternative to restore several important functions.

There are four main benefits that dentures provide:

1.  Mastication:

By replacing areas that are missing teeth, the individual has an improved ability to chew with a better occlusion (bite) without having to rely on “gumming” it.  Diet need no longer be restricted to purees and soft foods.

2.  Speech:

Individuals are enabled to enunciate their words better when missing teeth are replaced with dentures, especially the upper ones.  Pronunciation of sibilant or strident words is made easier.  Examples of these words are consonants beginning with s, sh, ch, and J.  By having the replaced teeth, one may direct an air stream with the tongue toward the teeth edge which are held close together. It also helps with pronunciation of the fricative consonant (f) by placing the lower lip against the upper teeth while air is forced through the narrow channel.

3.  Self esteem:

Individuals have a higher sense of self-esteem and confidence with decreased embarrassment at having missing teeth or gaps in their smile

4.  Appearance:

By wearing a properly fit denture, the “granny” look is eliminated.  This is the collapsed appearance of the cheeks and wrinkles around the lips that occur when teeth are missing since the presence of teeth supply the support for a natural facial appearance.

Making sure that the appliance has support, stability and retention makes these benefits possible. These terms describe the inhibition of denture movement in the mouth.

Stability

This is the inhibition of the denture from shifting horizontally or side to side. The more the denture base remains in contact with the ridge where the missing teeth were originally, the more stable the plate will be.

Retention

This is the inhibition of the denture from shifting vertically which is a reflection of how well the seal is functioning.

A well-fitting denture makes all the difference between a comfortable, confident life and one of discomfort and sacrifice.  Fortunately with the availability of reconstruction dentists, we don’t have to suffer with that choice.