People end up with dentures for any number of reasons. Obviously,
the primary reason is that they have lost their teeth. The reasons for tooth loss are many and varied – gum disease, decay (often simply due to genetics – if your parents had bad teeth, chances are you will), or trauma to the mouth. If you have lost your teeth however, chances are that you care less about the way that they were lost than you do about what you will do to correct the problem. How are you going to enjoy the foods you love? How are you going to smile without being embarrassed? And realistically, much of the time the loss of function is less worrisome than that unsightliness of lost teeth.
So, if you have lost your teeth, you need a solution. The best one by far is to get dental implants. They look and work just like your natural teeth. Implants are not for everyone though. In very rare cases, medical issues can make implants problematic. More often, the issue is simply one of economy – implants are expensive and not often covered by dental insurance, therefore not a solution for everyone. Simply stated, they are almost invariably the best choice, but they are not essential and therefore not covered.
The Procedure and Benefits
If, for whatever reason, implants are not practical, dentures are the next best choice. They fit over your jaw’s bony ridge and as long as they are properly made and fitted effectively, they should function very much like your natural teeth. You have no doubt heard stories about dentures slipping and sliding at the worst possible time, causing horrible embarrassment, but the reality is that modern dentures fit so well that these stories can be essentially filed as urban legend – it just does not happen anymore.
Now that we have said that, we are not going to say that dentures are perfect, or that they will not take a bit of getting used to, especially if they are installed following a lot of extractions. You will need time to allow your gums to shrink so that your dentures will fit properly. While you are waiting for your gums to shrink, Dr. Richard Bernstein will provide you with temporary dentures. They will not fit perfectly, but they will allow you to get used to the way that dentures feel in your mouth. Then once your gums are ready, he will fit you with a permanent set of dentures, line them, and you will have a set of teeth that will function very much like your own.
The type of dentures you’ll need will depend on how many teeth you have lost. If you have most of your teeth missing, then obviously full dentures will be the solution. If you are only missing a few teeth and they are missing in sequence, a partial denture will likely work for you. Teeth that are missing out of sequence can be corrected using implant-supported dentures – they are less expensive than full implants and work nearly as well.
If you have some or several missing teeth and you would like to restore your smile and improve functionality, contact Dr. Richard Bernstein at 856-616-9191. Our dentist office is located at 1401 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 and we would welcome an opportunity to help you restore your appearance and improve functionality to your mouth.