If you are missing some or all of your teeth, you need a replacement option. You and your dentist can discuss all of your options, and you should choose what is best for you. You should consider convenience, durability, and function. While speaking with your dentist, you will likely discuss dental implants, dental bridges, dentures, and others. With so many replacements available, why should you choose dentures over other restorative options?
Some tooth replacement options are invasive and painful, For example, dental implants are a common choice for missing teeth. While dental implants are more stable than dentures, the process to get them requires surgery and a long recovery. However, dentures don’t require surgery. Therefore, they don’t need a long recovery either. There is a small period where your mouth needs to adjust to having dentures, but it is not as intense as with dental implants.
In order to receive dentures, your dentist will take molds of your teeth to construct your customized dentures. Unless you decide to get implant-supported dentures, you won’t need to undergo any surgeries or procedures. Not only does this eliminate pain, but it also shortens the amount of time it takes to have your teeth replaced.
From start to finish, it can take about eight weeks to get dentures. This may seem like a long time, but it is relatively quick when thinking of other options. From the initial consultation to the final fitting, you can expect weeks rather than several months. With dental implants, the entire process can take up to eight months or more.
When you get dental implants, you have to wait for your jaw to heal before you move on to the next step in the surgical process. There are three portions of the implant that your surgeon will place, and you need to heal completely between each of them.
With dentures, the process is much quicker, and you don’t have to heal from surgery. Getting dentures is much quicker and painless.
Above all, dentures can help restore the function of your teeth. When you lose your teeth, you lose the ability to do many everyday things. For example, eating your favorite foods can become impossible or at least very difficult. With dentures, you will have to worry less about what you can eat.
Missing teeth can cause speech problems. This is because your tooth placement is essential to the sounds you make. As you speak, your tongue touches specific places in your mouth. If you have teeth missing, it alters your ability to make some sounds. Dentures can help restore your speaking ability.
Another reason you might choose dentures has to do with aesthetics. If you are missing several or all of your teeth, the structure of your face can sink inward. Dentures can give your face structure and stability. Aesthetically, dentures can restore the look and function of your teeth.