Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to help patients with missing teeth, chew food, improve speaking habits, and improve the patient’s facial aesthetics. The absence of teeth can lead to a sunken, collapsed appearance to the mouth-area. By restoring the physical presence of teeth, this malformation is corrected, the patient’s mouth is supported and the appearance is improved by aesthetic standards.
Types of Dentures
Complete or full dentures are only required for people who have lost all or most of the teeth on either of the two arches of the mouth. Complete dentures are a tremendous adjustment and lower the patients ability to chew, taste and confidence. Dr. Oshetski recommends implant rehabilitations such as TeethXpress as an alternate to complete dentures. After many years of wearing dentures many patients loose so much bone that even implants cannot give back the function or retention without advanced bone grafting.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are different from complete dentures in that they are normally only used by people who have lost too many teeth for fixed dentures, but too few for full dentures. An advantage of partial dentures is that they are an inexpensive way to replace many teeth, however they are plagued with fit issues, tooth wear and damage to the teeth holding them. Dr. Oshetski recommends implant replacement versus partial dentures as they perform the the closest to natural teeth and don’t damage the bone or teeth.
Problems with Dentures
There are many issues with dentures. Dentures are unable to remain in place during usage and cause advanced resorption of the supporting bone and damage to any residual teeth. With the advent of dental implants and advanced prosthetic manufacturing, dentures are an antiquated and unhealthy form of tooth replacement as they severely alter a patients diet. Many denture patients are forced to eat high calorie processed foods versus whole foods leading to overall heath concerns and decreased quality of life. Dentures cause the muscles of chewing to weaken and only function at 20% of a patients with natural teeth or implants. Without the stimulation of teeth or implants, the jaw bones will continually resorb leading to debilitated conditions or even jaw fracture.
Contact Us Today
Are you considering dentures as an option for missing teeth?
Call our Brunswick Office Phone Number 207.729.1159 to schedule your denture consultation with Dr. Oshetski. We look forward to meeting you and will provide you with the best treatment options for your needs.