When is it time to consider dentures?

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We may not look forward to it, but many of us will soon or later require dentures. While getting dentures is not a must, neglecting to take care of your oral health can increase this possibility. This article discusses some of the signs that indicate it’s time to consider dentures.

Intense/Severe Toothaches

Toothaches that persist indicate that you could be suffering from tooth decay. When decay reaches the pulp inside a tooth, severe toothaches result. If professional help is sought early, a root canal or other procedure may save the tooth so that you don’t lose it and require dentures or dental implants.

Red and Swollen Gums

When your gums become sensitive, swell and turn red, then chances are you are suffering from periodontal disease. In its early stages, gum disease or gingivitis can be treated easily through rigorous attention to oral care. Mouthwash and prescription toothpastes can also address gum disease in its initial stages. As time goes on, more damage occurs and it’ll eventually cost you your teeth. The sooner you visit Dr. Kristina Neda for gum disease treatment, the better your chances of putting off the need for dentures.

Loose or Shifting Teeth

You could be moving closer to wearing dentures if your teeth shift or become loose in your mouth. Teeth usually become loose as a result of periodontal disease or tooth decay. A lot of this decay happens below the gum line, so it is hard for an individual to tell what is really going on down there. Increasing gaps between teeth and loose teeth are the indicators that tooth decay or periodontal disease has advanced. See your dentist in Georgetown, KY as soon as you notice these signs. It may not be too late to save your teeth.

Digestion or Chewing Difficulties

If you feel some pain when chewing (particularly chewy or hard foods), visit Dr. Jordan Smith in Georgetown, KY for an assessment of your dental health. Pain, when you chew, signifies tooth decay. Chronic indigestion should also be investigated as a possible indicator of tooth decay. This is because as you find it harder to chew, there is a tendency to bite and swallow bigger chunks of food. Your digestive system will struggle to process those larger pieces of food, and this will result in the symptoms of indigestion which you experience. Consult a dental expert at ThoroughDent Smiles so that an appropriate remedy can be selected for you when you experience these symptoms.

Missing Teeth

We asked our friend, Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA, about dentures. Dr. Kacos says, “People lose teeth for different reasons, such as trauma to the teeth, tooth decay, and many other factors. It is advisable to get tooth replacements as soon as you lose your natural teeth because the longer you take without replacing the missing teeth, the higher the chance that other dental health problems will develop.”

For example, bone loss will occur in the gap left, and the nearby teeth are likely to start shifting towards the space created by the loss of a tooth. Bite problems will then develop once your teeth shift. As teeth shift, they weaken and can also be lost. Talk to a dentist in Georgetown, KY as soon as possible and consider dentures or other options to replace the missing teeth before additional problems develop.

Treatment Options

Other factors outside those which have been discussed above may necessitate the use of dentures. Your dentist will identify those factors if you make dental visits at least twice each year for professional cleanings and dental health assessments. If it is confirmed that you need dentures, one of the following options may be recommended for you.

Partial Dentures

When you lose a few teeth to decay, partial dentures may be recommended to fill the gaps left. These restorations are good in such a case because they not only fill the gaps left but also prevent the nearby teeth from shifting and becoming weak.

Dr. Kristina Neda explains that partial dentures are anchored onto the nearby healthy teeth by the use of specially-designed clasps. The partial dentures closely mimic natural teeth, so you should have no concerns that someone can identify them from afar.

Immediate Dentures

Usually, you are required to wait several weeks for your gums to heal after your decayed or severely damaged teeth are extracted so that you can replace them with fixed or removable dentures. This wait time is most inconvenient because you spend it all with no teeth or other restorations at the extraction sites.

However, it is possible to get immediate dentures right after your teeth are extracted so that you avoid the inconveniences that come with waiting until your gums heal before you get permanent dentures.

The only drawback of immediate dentures is that you will have to visit ThoroughDent Smiles several times in order to have these dentures adjusted as your gums change during the healing process.

Conventional/Full Dentures

These are the most common dentures worn. They are recommended when someone has lost all the teeth in the lower or upper jaw (or both). Full dentures can only be given to you once your gums have healed, a process that could take two months.

Dr. Jordan Smith, a dentist in Georgetown, KY, explains that it is a misconception to think that everyone who wears full dentures requires dental adhesives to keep the dentures in place. Full dentures have inbuilt mechanisms to keep the dentures in position, and you will only need an adhesive if your dentures are ill-fitting and you haven’t taken them for adjustment.

Other Teeth Replacement Options

Your options aren’t limited to dentures if you have missing teeth. Other alternatives, such as dental implant-supported restorations can also be used to replace your missing teeth. While dental implants are costly, they offer the best outcomes because the restorations are stable and longlasting.

If you or your loved ones are experiencing any of the symptoms that indicate the need for dentures, contact ThoroughDent Smiles. Our professionals will examine you and go over the different options which are appropriate for replacing your missing teeth. You will then be able to make an informed decision about the best alternative for your needs.