By The Office of Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler
February 07, 2012
Category: Dental Education
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Replace Missing Teeth with High Quality, Excellent Fitting Dentures

Missing teeth can make chewing difficult, cause problems speaking, and impact a person’s sense of self-esteem.  For these reasons, it is important to visit your dentist in Lansing about replacing your missing teeth with dentures.  Replacing missing teeth with dentures can be an important part of maintaining your dental health.  People who have lost all or most of their teeth, dentures may be the best tooth replacement option.  Whether you have lost all of your natural teeth from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile.  By replacing your missing teeth, it will benefit your appearance and your health. 

Dentures Replace Missing Teeth

For those who have lost all or most of their teeth, dentures may be the best replacement option.  Without the support from dentures, facial muscles sag, making a person look older than they are.  With dentures, you will be able to eat and speak properly – often things people take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.   There are two types of dentures – complete dentures and overdentures.

Complete dentures are used when you have no teeth remaining, or when your remaining teeth need to be removed.  They cover your upper and lower gums.  If you have teeth removed, your dentist can give you an immediate denture to wear for six to eight weeks, until your gums have healed and a conventional denture can be designed for you. 

Overdentures are removable dentures that can be used if you still have some remaining natural teeth, or have dental implants.  Overdentures should only be used if your remaining teeth or dental implants are able to provide adequate support.  Like dental bridges, dentures can help you to maintain your facial shape and your self-esteem.  If may take some time before you are able to chew and speak normally again, but these skills will improve with practice. 

If you are missing teeth, talk to your Lansing dentist about whether dentures may be an appropriate option for you or not.  Dentures are designed to be comfortable and functional, similar in appearance to natural teeth.  

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