Losing a tooth is always a traumatic experience, whether it’s due to tooth decay or an accident. To replace lost teeth, dentures used to be the standard. While dentures are a good option for replacing teeth in a reasonably natural way, they do come with their fair share of problems.
Common Problems Among Denture Wearers
- Ill-fitting. It’s difficult to get the perfect fit with dentures and even if they fit well after you’ve had them made, this may change over time. Your mouth can change as you age, causing your dentures not to fit properly anymore. This can cause pain and gum irritation. Your dentist can help you adjust your dentures to have them fit properly again if they begin to fit uncomfortably.
- Mouth Infections. Some people get mouth infections from wearing dentures such as cheilosis and stomatitis. These infections can be treated with medicine. Make sure to always properly clean your dentures and make sure they still fit right to prevent infections.
- Bone Loss. Bone loss can occur where teeth are missing.
There are a few alternatives available for dentures such as fixed bridges and dental implants that might provide a better solution for tooth replacement. Dental implants are considered to provide the most natural looking and functioning tooth replacement. The advantage of dental implants is that they are designed to last a lifetime, they feel and look just like natural teeth, are easy to care for, don’t cause bone loss nor do they have to be taken out at night. While dental implants are generally more expensive than other teeth replacements, over the long run they can actually be more cost-effective because they don’t need to be replaced as often and generally cause fewer oral hygiene problems than dentures and fixed bridges.
If you’re looking to replace your dentures with dental implants, or you’ve lost one or more teeth and are looking to have them replaced, the oral surgeons at Austin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are here to help. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.