Dentures and Aging - Restoring Your Smile
Age can take its toll on the body, both inside and out. Unfortunately, the strength and appearance of the smile is no exception. As a patient ages, the teeth become weaker and more prone to damage or decay. This is in part due to the many years of wear and tear to which the teeth have been exposed, but may also be a result of reduced bone strength and lower calcium deposits, both of which are a common side effect of aging. Dentures can replace teeth that have been lost or damaged beyond the point of repair, offering patients restored oral functions, and improved oral aesthetics. Dentures address the signs of aging for our Fort Worth patients and give them back a strong and beautiful smile.
Dentures are an excellent option for many of our patients. Dentures address tooth loss and allow patients to repair their smile so that they can eat, chew, and speak without difficulty. As long as the gums and adjacent teeth are healthy, dentures are a great treatment for patients who have lost the majority of the teeth, an entire arch of teeth, or those whose teeth have become so weak or damaged that tooth extraction is the best treatment option. We can provide patients with either partial or complete dentures, depending on their specific needs.
At Texas Denture Clinic, we offer our patients both traditional and implant-supported dentures. This allows us to meet each of our patient’s unique needs and desires. A consultation with our patients and an examination of the teeth and gums will help us to determine which of these treatment options is best for each of our patients.
- Traditional dentures: Traditional dentures are a partial or complete set of artificial teeth that are worn over the gums to replace lost teeth. These restorations are fabricated to the specific measurements of each patient so that they form a close and comfortable seal with the gums. Traditional dentures are removable, but we work hard to ensure that they will not shift or come loose during use.
- Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures are secured to the mouth by dental implants. These implants are surgically placed into the gum line so that they fuse to the jaw bone. Dentures are attached to abutments that protrude from the implants, offering patients the most secure and comfortable fit available for dentures. In order to be a good candidate for implant-supported dentures, patients must have enough jaw bone to support the implant.
Caring for Dentures
Whether a patient opts for traditional or implant-supported dentures, patients must properly care for their dentures. This will prolong the life of the dentures and help to keep the gums and any remaining natural teeth healthy. Dentures should be cleaned regularly and, if dentures are removable, the gums and natural teeth should be brushed and flossed as well. Despite a patient’s best efforts, dentures may become worn down or damaged over time.
If you have experienced adult tooth loss and would like to learn more about the treatment options that can restore the health, beauty, and function of your smile, contact us at your earliest convenience. Our experienced dentists at the Texas Denture Clinic can help you rebuild a strong and attractive smile.