Missing teeth make it hard to eat, hard to speak, and hard to feel good about your smile. Dentures make it easy. Find out if dentures are right for you, and if you’re right for dentures.
Gaps in your smile are more than just a cosmetic issue, although many people with missing teeth say they struggle with confidence and self-esteem. Missing teeth also lead to other problems, such as:
- Potential jaw bone loss
- Noticeable facial changes
- Chewing problems that can lead to digestive problems
- Shifting of remaining teeth
- Increased risk of gum disease
If you’re missing one or two teeth, dental implants are an excellent way to repair your smile and avoid these issues. But if you’re missing several teeth, dentures could be a viable solution.
Dr. James Butler and our expert team at Innovative Dental Ideas in Hilliard, Ohio can answer all your questions about dentures and help you decide what’s best for you.
Whatever you decide, you can rest assured that when you come to us for dental care, you get more than a routine exam and a cookie-cutter diagnosis. Here at Innovative Dental Ideas, in our environmentally conscious facility, we incorporate the most advanced technologies and latest techniques so we can give you the best dental experience of your life. We even have our own lab, so we have complete control over quality and efficiency. In short, you’ll get the best dental care and the most effective solution for your missing teeth and all your other dental needs.
More than 36 million people in the United States are missing all their teeth, and almost all of them have dentures. Dentures have been around since 2500 BC and are still a great way to replace several or all of your missing teeth. There are two types:
1. Traditional dentures
These are the dentures most people think of. They are removable appliances that are held in place with a bit of adhesive and suction. They are great for hiding the fact that you’re missing some teeth, they make chewing and speaking easier, and they keep your cheeks from sagging and changing your profile.
2. Implant-supported dentures
Think of these as new and improved dentures. They combine the best aspects of both dentures and dental implants. We insert small titanium rods into your jaw bone, just like we do when we install a dental implant. But rather than giving you individual implants for all your missing teeth, we place four titanium rods and then attach a whole row of dentures. This makes your dentures far more stable and capable of withstanding the full force of your bite. Steak anyone?
Do I qualify for implant-supported dentures?
Most people are good candidates for implant-supported dentures. The main qualification is several missing teeth. Here a few others:
- You’re generally in good health
- You don’t have a bleeding disorder and can tolerate the procedure
- Your missing teeth have diminished your self-confidence
- You’ve tried traditional dentures and want something more sturdy
- You’re in danger of losing jaw bone
There are some other conditions that might make you a future candidate even if you still have your natural teeth.
Gum disease and tooth decay are the top reasons for missing teeth. If caught early enough, you can prevent or reverse these issues and avoid the need for dentures.
Injury is another common cause of missing teeth, and while accidents happen, you can do your best to protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports, and by remembering not to use your teeth as a tool.
Genetics also play a role in missing teeth. Although rare, some conditions such as andodontia (missing all teeth) hypodontia or oligodontia (missing some teeth) can make it necessary to consider dentures. If these run in your family, you could be born without upper incisors, bicuspids, wisdom teeth, or more.
Whatever the reason your teeth are missing, together we can make a huge improvement with implant-supported dentures. When you’re ready for a solution, give us a call at 614-529-0062 or request an appointment online to get started.