Dentures are the oldest tooth replacement option and have been used for over 3000 years, although experts debate whether they were functional. Of course, many denture wearers would argue theirs aren’t functional too. If you are one of those denture wearers, we can help you get new ones that are beautiful, and fully functional. With our office’s dentures, you will have a set that fit well, help you chew, don’t interfere with speech, and restore your youthful appearance.
If you are tired of your current dentures or you want to make sure your first set is the best it can be, please call (907) 349-0022 or Contact us today for an appointment with an Anchorage denture dentist at Excellence in Dentistry.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are tooth replacement options. In general, these refer to removable tooth replacement options. These appliances are made up of a base of artificial gum tissue that covers your natural gums to help provide stability and improve the appearance, as well as artificial teeth. In most modern dentures, the artificial gums are made of plastic, while the teeth can be made either of plastic or of ceramic.
Partial dentures can be used when you’re missing just one or a few teeth. In addition to the plastic base, these are generally held in place with metal hooks and clasps that go around your natural teeth.
Full dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. Usually both arches are replaced at the same time, but sometimes only one arch is replaced.
Typical Denture Complaints
As might be expected for a technology that’s 3000 years old, dentures are not very popular. Most denture wearers are unhappy with their dentures, and complain about:
- Poor fit
- Damage to neighboring teeth from partial dentures
- Poor chewing function
- Speech difficulties
- Unattractive appearance
- Make you look old
Because traditional dentures are what they are, there is often little that can be done to fix these problems. However, there are several advancements that can work to correct these problems.
Dental implants can be used to support your replacement teeth. Dental implants are fixed in your jawbone like natural teeth, so there’s no problem with fit. You are able to eat all your favorite foods and they won’t interfere with your speech. Learn more about dental implants.