How often do you smile at yourself in the mirror? When you do, are you happy with what you see? Perhaps you notice teeth that are well past their “best before date” and require deep fillings. Maybe there are teeth that have sustained so much damage that probably the only reasonable course of action is extraction. You might even imagine that you see the face of your mother smiling back at you – the woman whose teeth were so prone to decay that she lost all of them in her mid-40s.
What can you do if you have lost, or are about to lose, many of your teeth? Clearly, you will need some sort of restorative dentistry treatment. The best course of action when it comes to correcting gaps due to missing teeth is implants, and it is likely the solution that your dentist is most likely to recommend. However, there are disadvantages to implants.
The main advantage that dentures have over implants is economy. Dental insurers usually consider implants to be non-essential, and therefore a cosmetic treatment as opposed to a restorative dentistry procedure. This does not mean that implants are not restorative – they most indisputably are. In fact, they’re the next best thing to your own teeth. But they are not essential to give back function, or even appearance, to your mouth.
A huge advantage to dental implants, then, is that you can have dentures for a fraction of the cost. Also, when you have missing teeth, doing nothing at all is not a good idea. The remaining teeth are going to do what Mother Nature wants them to do, which is to crowd in toward the gaps in an effort to compensate for the missing teeth. You could think of this as Nature doing the worst possible thing with the best possible intention, because, ultimately, your teeth are going to end up horribly misaligned, and even more decay could be the result.
So, if you think that the situation could become even worse, it may be time to consider dentures.
Types of Dentures
The kind of dentures you need will depend in large measure on how many teeth are missing, and what you envision for your dental health in the not-too-distant future. Cost will also be a factor. If you are only missing a few teeth, then you may be just fine with a partial denture, or a bridge. If you have a family history of bad teeth at an early age, then you might want to think about having the remaining teeth taken out and being fitted for a full denture. If cost is not an issue, then an implant-supported denture is usually the ideal permanent solution. Essentially, you have to consider your overall dental health and what is likely to happen later on. Dr. Jack Fong can help you to make the decision that is right for you.
If you think dentures might be the right option for you, and would like to find out more, contact Dr. Jack Fong. We are located at 3131 Bell, Suite 207, Amarillo, TX 79106. If you prefer to do things online, our contact page has a convenient form that you can fill out to request a consultation.