There is a Good Chance You May Benefit from Dentures

Losing your teeth can decrease confidence and affect the way you eat and speak. Thanks to dentures, you can maintain your lifestyle as well as find several other benefits.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable artificial teeth. If you are missing most of your natural teeth, your dentist will recommend extracting the remaining teeth to fit you with full dentures. If you still have most of your teeth, your dentist will recommend using partial dentures to replace the missing teeth.

Dentures look like natural teeth, giving you a full, beautiful smile. The artificial teeth are installed on a plastic base that resembles your gums. An adhesive holds your dentures in place throughout the day.

How can you benefit from dentures?

Self-confidence

One of the biggest benefits of dentures is the ability to smile again in public. Losing one or more teeth makes you conscious about smiling or even talking because the gaps will draw attention to your mouth. This can affect your performance at work or simply cause you to avoid most social situations. Now, you can increase your self-confidence with dentures.

Eating

Another benefit of dentures is the ability to enjoy food again. Trying to eat while missing teeth is very difficult and painful, which forces some people to give up their favorite foods. Wearing dentures allows you to enjoy eating the food you like. The artificial teeth can withstand biting and chewing your favorite foods. This not only allows you to enjoy the taste of food, but it also lets you give your body more filling, nutritious foods.

Cost-effective

Getting dentures is cheaper and less painful than getting dental bridges and dental implants. Even though they take a while to get used to, dentures are more comfortable than fixed bridges and implants. The dentures process is less invasive than the alternatives. Bridges and dental implants require surgery to insert the teeth or reshape the jaw. You can avoid this long process with dentures.

Maintenance

Dentures are also easy to clean and maintain. They are very durable because they can last for over 10 years if you take care of them. While other tooth replacement options may last longer, they are not removable like dentures. It is easier to clean your dentures than floss and brush around implants.

Can anyone benefit from dentures?

Dentures are explicitly designed for adults who have lost many teeth naturally. Unlike dental implants, which is a procedure that some people cannot undergo because of their health and other reasons, every adult with missing teeth is an ideal candidate for dentures.

Do you want to try dentures?

Using dentures to replace your missing teeth comes with more benefits than disadvantages. You will be able to chew and speak clearly with your new smile.

If you have missing teeth and are contemplating replacing them, you should talk to your dentist to see how you can benefit from dentures. You will quickly see how they can improve your quality of life. 

Request an appointment here: or call Asha Dental at (913) 440-4199 for an appointment in our Leawood office.

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DenturesAs a dentures dentist, we know that few people ever consider life after losing teeth. Even fewer considered life with dentures. In fact in a recent survey more than 60% of the responders stated that they had never even considered or given serious thought to dentures. Most people are confident about the quality and health of their teeth. With over 97% of people now brushing their teeth at least once per day, it is understandable why so many people feel like they will never lose a tooth.  While avoiding tooth loss is a great goal to work towards, most adults will experience some tooth loss in their lifetime. For example, you might be surprised to learn that around 20 million women, over the age of 40, wear dentures in the United States today. According to the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the number of people that will be wearing complete dentures will be around 37.9 million by 2020. While we strongly encourage all of our patients to take good care of their teeth, be careful what they bite down on and have a healthier diet, we also know that sometimes DNA or age just catches up with you.

Preventing tooth loss -

Nobody suddenly needs dentures one morning. You will, almost, never wake up one morning with a gaping hole in your teeth and needing to come see the dentist for dentures. Instead, the way it usually works is that there are underlying symptoms, which people tend to ignore. Your body will tell you if you have an infection or gum disease, and give you the opportunity to come see us and have us fix the problem before it leads to tooth loss. Naturally the best way to avoid ever getting to that place is to be part of the 53% of Americans that make it a habit to visit the dentist at least twice each year. When you do this, we have an opportunity to catch any underlying problems before they fester too long and become severe. In between appointments, or if you are part of the 48% that doesn't visit us regularly, there are a few signs to look for that may indicate an infection or diseases that require medical attention.

One of the most common, and often ignored, signs of gum disease is a loosening of teeth. Your teeth were never meant to be loose and when they start to shift inside your mouth of their own accord, this is an indicator of a deeper problem. Another indicator of gum disease is a toothache. While people do get toothaches from eating too much sweet, if you cannot control the toothache with over the counter medication, if it lasts longer than a day or two, or if it comes back frequently this could be an indicator of a deeper infection or gum disease. Since gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, these symptoms require immediate dental care.

While we will try to prevent tooth loss, if you do lose a tooth - we can help.  We can create a comfortable set of dentures that will look natural and function perfectly, allowing you to smile with confidence.

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Here are a few tips to try at home:

Handle them carefully. It is possible for your dentures to break if dropped. Be sure to keep them in good condition by handling them carefully and resting them on a clean towel once you have taken them out. You want to avoid accidentally dropping them or knocking them off the counter, since this could cause them to break or chip.

Brush daily. You need to keep your dentures clean just like natural teeth. To do so, use a soft toothbrush and brush gently with water. Be sure to avoid a brush with hard bristles and do not use traditional toothpaste, since both can cause them to become scratched.

Use a special dentures cleaning device. There are small cleaning devices that can be used to clean your dentures so they can be sparkling and white. All you need to do is place them inside with the special cleaning solution. The device works using ultrasound technology, though it cannot replace daily brushing.

Soak them nightly. It is important to keep your dentures moist, and to do so, remove them nightly and place them in either a soaking solution or water. Which one is right for your dentures will be based on the type of dentures you wear and whether or not they have metal clasps. We will give you specific guidance when you come into our office.

When you visit our dental office, we can provide you with further instruction regarding how to keep your dentures in excellent condition. Our goal is for you to maintain the ability to smile with confidence, eat your favorite foods, and speak clearly – all things a well-fitting prosthetic can provide. During regular appointments, we will examine your gums and check to see how well your dentures are fitting. These regular examinations are important since it is possible for your jawbone to change, causing your dentures to no longer fit properly. Since the process of resorption naturally occurs after tooth loss, your jaw can essentially shrink, and as it does, your dentures can become loose. If this is the case, you could develop sores or have the inconvenience of having your dentures slip out of place. We can help to prevent this by discussing your other options like fixed dentures or even dental implants. To learn more about the prosthetic solutions available to you, call and schedule an appointment today.

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