Assessing Your Eligibility for Dentures
Dentures are a popular solution for individuals who have lost teeth. However, before getting dentures, our Seattle dentist will help determine whether they’re the right option for you. The decision to get dentures is a personal one that requires careful consideration of your specific needs and circumstances.
To schedule your appointment at Aesthetic Dental Associates, contact our dental office today by calling (206) 682-3888.
Dentures can be an excellent option for individuals who are missing teeth, but not everyone is a good candidate. Several factors can affect a person’s candidacy for dentures.
Number of Missing Teeth
Dentures can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, but the extent of tooth loss may affect the type of denture recommended. For example, partial dentures are typically used when only a few teeth are missing, while complete dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
Good candidates for dentures typically have healthy gums and enough jawbone density to support the denture. If you have bone loss, you may require other treatments before receiving dentures.
Good Oral Health
Patients should be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene practices and attending regular dental checkups with their dentist to ensure the longevity of their dentures.
Expectations and Goals
Patients should have realistic expectations about what dentures can and cannot do. For example, dentures can improve the appearance of the smile and help with basic functions like chewing and speaking, but they may not feel or function exactly like natural teeth.
Cost can also be a factor in determining candidacy for dentures, as they can be a significant investment. However, many dental insurance plans do cover a portion of the cost of dentures, making them a more accessible option for some individuals.
If a patient has other health conditions that might make dental surgeries or procedures risky, removable dentures might be a safer option.
If dentures aren’t right for you, your dentist may recommend any of these alternatives:
- Dental implants: Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone to provide a stable base for a replacement tooth or teeth. Dental implants are a popular alternative to dentures as they look and function like natural teeth and can last for years.
- Dental bridges: Bridges are artificial teeth that are anchored in place by neighboring teeth. They’re a good option for patients who are missing one or more teeth in a row but still have some natural teeth remaining. Dental bridges are less invasive than implants but may not last as long.
- Flipper: A flipper is a removable partial denture used as a temporary tooth replacement. It’s usually made of acrylic and is less expensive than other options, but it’s not a long-term solution.
Frequently Asked Questions
Individuals with well-preserved natural teeth, healthy gums, and sufficient jawbone support might not be ideal candidates for traditional dentures. Additionally, those seeking a more stable and permanent solution might consider alternatives like dental implants.
If there’s insufficient jawbone for dentures, it can lead to poor fit, discomfort, and instability. Dental implants might be considered, or bone grafting to enhance bone volume for proper denture support. Your dentist can recommend suitable options based on your situation.
Discover if You Qualify for Dentures With Dr. Johnson
With the right care and attention, dentures can provide a comfortable and effective solution for restoring one’s ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. If you’re interested in finding out if you qualify for dentures, schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson by giving our Seattle dental office a call at (206) 682-3888.