When was the last time you really felt confident showing off your smile, or even enjoying a meal? Does it feel like ages since you were not plagued by insecurity or embarrassment related to either your incomplete smile, or your ill-fitting prostheses? Dentures remain a popular choice for completing the smile after adult tooth loss. However, they are not the only way to address tooth loss. In fact, there are several more secure options, which are worth considering.
Dentures Do Need Replacing
Even if you begin with a well-fitting denture, over time it can become uncomfortable due to changes in the jaw. Many people don’t realize that tooth loss can affect more than just the teeth. Without healthy tooth roots to supply nutrients to the jaw as one chews, the jaw can begin to shrink over time, making once well-fitting dentures uncomfortable.
In general, most patients need to replace their dentures every ten to fifteen years for optimum fit.
Do You Need a Dental Bridge or Implant?
Of course, if you are looking for even more stability than an unsupported denture can provide, consider a dental bridge or dental implant, both of which can help to complete a smile more securely than a denture alone.
That is because bridges use crowns affixed to remaining teeth to help hold a replacement tooth firmly in place. A dental implant is secured using a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawline. During a process called osseointegration, soft tissue grows right around the post allowing for even more security.
Call Our Dental Office in Norridge, IL, Today!
At our office, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Norridge, IL, today at 708-453-5320. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!
A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.