If you are missing several teeth, or if your dental health is so compromised that extraction is the only reasonable option, then you are going to need a way to replace those teeth. You should never let missing teeth go unattended. This is because missing teeth will lead to loss of bone mass in your jaw. Also, if there are teeth remaining, they will naturally begin to grow toward the gaps, and this can make for a very bad bite as well as difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene.
Sometimes, tooth loss is simply the luck of the draw – it is genetic. In other words, if one (or both) of your parents were very prone to tooth decay, you may experience the same problem. Tooth loss can also be due to a trauma to the mouth. Regardless of the cause, you need a solution so that you can bite and chew properly, and be able to smile without feeling embarrassed. Many people find the effect on their self-esteem even more problematic than the loss of function.
The best way by far of dealing with missing teeth is dental implants. However, they are expensive and not generally covered by dental insurers. If implants are not in your budget, dentures can be the next best option.
You may have heard stories about dentures sliding, slipping or falling out at the most inopportune time, but let us put your mind to rest. Modern dentures, thanks to high-tech imaging and manufacturing methods, will fit extremely well, and in fact function very much like your own teeth.
The Procedure and Benefits
Now, having said that, no one is ever going to tell you that dentures do not take a bit of getting used to. You will need to become accustomed to the way they feel fitting over the bony ridge of your jaw. If they are installed after multiple extractions, your gums will need time to shrink in order to get a proper fit. While you are waiting for your permanents, though, Dr. Maniscalco will provide you with a temporary set so that you can get used to the feel. Once your gums are ready, he will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a lab where they will be made. Then, when they come back, he will fit and line them, and you will have a set a beautiful, functional teeth.
Types of Dentures
The kind you will require will depend largely on how many teeth you have missing. If you have few teeth missing, you might consider partials. However, if are missing many teeth, or you anticipate losing more teeth in the near future, the better course of action may be to extract the remaining teeth and have a full denture created immediately. In addition to full and partial, we also offer implant supported dentures, which are permanently fixed in your mouth. At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we favor permanent the All on 4 method, which allow you to have a full set of permanent dentures installed using just four implants in either jaw.
Caring for Your Dentures
Permanent dentures are cared for the same way you would your natural teeth, with brushing, flossing and regular checkups. Removable dentures need to be taken out at night and cleaned using a special solution.
To learn more or if you feel you are a candidate for dentures, contact us at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry. We are located at 3419 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243. You can request an appointment by calling 205-967-9100, or by using the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to restoring your smile. For any unanswered questions, visit our FAQs or facts pages.