Dentures: A Guide for a Confident Smile, Regardless of Age or Reason

Did you know approximately 20 million people in the United States wear dentures? That’s right, dentures aren’t just for grandparents anymore! Patients choose dentures for various reasons, and their stories are as diverse as the smiles we help them reclaim.

Beyond the Numbers: Understanding Why People Choose Dentures

While periodontal disease is a common reason for tooth loss, it’s not the only one. Accidents, injuries, and even genetics can play a role. Here are some of the reasons people choose dentures:

  • Advanced periodontal disease: Extraction may be necessary when gums can no longer support teeth. Dentures offer a comfortable and functional replacement.
  • Missing teeth for various reasons: Accidents, injuries, or even genetics can lead to missing teeth at any age. Dentures offer a natural-looking and functional solution.
  • Financial considerations: Extensive dental work can be expensive. Dentures can be a more affordable option for restoring a complete smile.
  • Improved self-confidence: Missing teeth can impact self-esteem and social interactions. Dentures can boost confidence and empower individuals to smile freely.

Dentures for Everyone: Tailoring Solutions to Unique Needs

Denture wearers come from all ages and backgrounds. Here are some examples:

  • Young adults: Accidents or congenital conditions can lead to tooth loss at a young age. Modern dentures offer a discreet and natural-looking solution for a confident smile.
  • Working professionals: Missing teeth can impact communication and self-presentation. Dentures can enhance confidence and professionalism in work environments.
  • Active seniors: Enjoying an active lifestyle often demands a healthy and functional smile. Dentures can support an active life by improving chewing and speech.

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How are dentures made?

We use a professional lab create dentures made from acrylic material. Fabrication of dentures is as much of an art as it is a science and finding  the right provider can make your experience with wearing dentures more comfortable. 

Dentures may need to be redone if there are changes in your mouth over time. If poorly fitted, we can retrofit dentures to fit correctly. Dentures supported by 2-4 implants will help a wearer with a less-than-desirable ridge or base for their dentures to adhere. Dentures are a replacement for NOT having teeth. They are not a replacement for teeth.

Contact us if you have been struggling with missing several teeth and are unsure what to do. If you are embarrassed by your missing teeth, make an appointment to visit our office and talk to us. You’ll find that we are easy to talk to, and we are here to help you make decisions that align with your health needs and goals.

A well-designed denture that will function and serve a patient takes time. It can take at least five appointments for a proper design and fit in our office. If there is a way to shortcut this process and still get a suitable denture, we have not found it. 

To explore your choices for replacing lost teeth, please contact our office at (816) 233-0142.