Whether it be from tooth decay, gum disease, or an accident, it is not uncommon for adults to be missing one or more teeth. Missing teeth can have plenty of negative consequences, such as difficulty in chewing, mild to moderate pain, and a lack of confidence. Fortunately, if you are missing any teeth, you have options.
Dentures are removable prostheses that are used to replace missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made from impressions taken of your mouth. They usually take some getting used to, especially while eating and speaking, but after getting used to them they should be comfortable and unnoticeable. Dentures are often recommended for people whose gums and jaw are weak or unhealthy.
If your gums and jaw are healthy, you may decide to go with dental implants instead of dentures. Dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. With good dental hygiene, dental implants can last for twenty years or more. Although dentures are a good option for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth and offer more comfort and stability.
Whether you go with dentures or dental implants, there’s no need for you to go through life with missing teeth. At Cornerstone Family Dentistry we can sit down with you and talk about your different options. Make an appointment with us today and let us help you get back your confident smile!