If you have lost some or all of your teeth, you must work with a denturist to restore your smile. People lose their teeth for different reasons, and regardless of the cause, you will need a solution right away, and dentures may be the best fit. This is a common solution many patients turn to, and the number of missing teeth will help you determine the type of denture needed to fix the problem.
Dentures can help restore your chewing and speaking abilities and improve your confidence. Missing teeth can lead to embarrassment, and many people will stop attending social events because they do not want anyone to see their smile. With dentures, you’ll no longer have to hide your smile; the only decision you’ll have to make is whether you need temporary or permanent dentures.
Before you dive into the two categories of dentures, it’s essential to understand why you should replace missing teeth. This can lead to several serious issues, and you need to act fast if you have lost one, several or all of your teeth. This will help prevent the following complications:
Any surrounding teeth next to the missing tooth will start to move toward the space to fill the gap, and if you do not visit a denturist right away, shifting teeth can cause a misaligned bite. This can cause problems with the jaw hinge and lead to a misaligned bite.
A jaw is designed to function with all its teeth; even one missing tooth can affect your chewing ability.
Missing teeth will affect your appearance because a smile is incomplete without all your teeth. Missing teeth can affect your smile functionally and aesthetically; you may hide your smile and will feel hesitant to speak.
Bone Volume Loss
The longer you wait to replace a tooth after it is lost, the more bone volume you lose in your jaw. Missing teeth means there is nothing to activate the bone underneath it, and the bone will deteriorate over time. If you are interested in implants, the best permanent option for missing teeth, healthy jaw density is essential. Less jaw density will result in a lowered success rate for an implant.
Less jaw density will not only affect the functionality of your jaw, but it will also have a visually noticeable effect, and the shape of your face may start to change. A loss in jawbone density will affect your appearance, and a sunken jawbone will make you look a lot older than you are. Even one missing tooth can affect the shape of your face, and you need to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible to maintain your youthful appearance.
Now that you know why it is so important to replace missing teeth, you can focus on temporary and permanent dentures and the benefits of each option.
What Are Temporary Dentures?
When preparing for or recovering from an injury, surgery, or other oral procedure, a patient will receive temporary dentures. Installing temporary dentures helps your mouth get used to the sensation of wearing dentures and prevents any remaining teeth from moving. Additionally, temporary dentures can also help prevent atrophy.
One of the main drawbacks of temporary dentures is that they are not well-fitting. They are meant to be used transitionally and must accommodate frequent changes in the mouth’s structure and form. The good news is you can keep them as backups if something happens to your final dentures.
Temporary dentures do not need to be worn for long; most patients will need them for about six to eight months. This length of time will vary from one patient to another, and the denturist will determine this answer by the rate at which your mouth heals and the speed at which your permanent dentures are made. The denturist will discuss this aspect in more detail because every patient is different, and they will better understand how long you will have to wear temporary dentures.
What are permanent dentures?
A patient will receive permanent dentures once their mouth has healed from oral surgery, which will remain your primary set of dentures well into the future. Permanent dentures provide patients with a high level of comfort and functionality, and this option will help restore your smile. You will also experience improved speaking and eating abilities, and adjustments can be made when needed.
Permanent dentures have far fewer drawbacks because they are made to fit your gums perfectly. You may have to rebase, reline or repair permanent dentures occasionally, but other than regular checkups with your denturist, you should not experience any issues when you have permanent dentures.
Both temporary and permanent dentures are removable, with the exception of certain types like implant dentures. Otherwise, permanent dentures can be removed for cleaning and other purposes. Both types of dentures can improve your life and your smile, and permanent dentures are an excellent solution for patients of all ages.
Are you interested in learning more about temporary and permanent dentures? Accent Denture Services can provide you with more information. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each option and will provide you with professional advice regarding the type of denture that would be best for your smile.
We have been serving patients in Mississauga for years, and our services can help you regain your oral functionality and prevent oral pain both now and in the future. We will help you rediscover your smile, and you can contact us anytime to learn more about temporary or permanent dentures.
Give us a call today! Call 905-819-8484.