Dentures in Cherry Hill, NJ
People end up with dentures for any number of reasons. Obviously, dentures the primary reason is that they have lost their teeth. The reasons for tooth loss are many and varied – gum disease, decay (often simply due to genetics – if your parents had bad teeth, chances are you will), or trauma to the mouth.
If you have lost your teeth however, chances are that you care less about the way that they were lost than you do about what you will do to correct the problem.
How are you going to enjoy the foods you love? How are you going to smile without being embarrassed? And realistically, much of the time the loss of function is less worrisome than that unsightliness of lost teeth.
So, if you have lost your teeth, you need a solution. The best one by far is to get dental implants. They look and work just like your natural teeth. Implants are not for everyone though. In very rare cases, medical issues can make implants problematic.
More often, the issue is simply one of economy – implants are expensive and not often covered by dental insurance, therefore not a solution for everyone. Simply stated, they are almost invariably the best choice, but they are not essential and therefore not covered.
If, for whatever reason, implants are not practical, dentures are the next best choice. They fit over your jaw’s bony ridge and as long as they are properly made and fitted effectively, they should function very much like your natural teeth.
You have no doubt heard stories about dentures slipping and sliding at the worst possible time, causing horrible embarrassment, but the reality is that modern dentures fit so well that these stories can be essentially filed as urban legend – it just does not happen anymore.
Now that we have said that, we are not going to say that dentures are perfect, or that they will not take a bit of getting used to, especially if they are installed following a lot of extractions. You will need time to allow your gums to shrink so that your dentures will fit properly. While you are waiting for your gums to shrink, Dr. Richard Bernstein will provide you with temporary dentures.
They will not fit perfectly, but they will allow you to get used to the way that dentures feel in your mouth. Then once your gums are ready, he will fit you with a permanent set of dentures, line them, and you will have a set of teeth that will function very much like your own.
When you think of dentures, do you immediately picture those old, uncomfortable sets of dentures that your grandmother once wore? Denture technology has come a very long way over the past years, and dentures are now one of the most common restorative dentistry options for those who are not good candidates for dental implants.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common benefits of dentures for patients in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Enjoy a Healthy and Delicious Diet Again with Dentures
One of the primary benefits of dentures is the ability to eat what you want again. If you have been living with numerous missing or damaged teeth, you were likely unable to chew your food properly, making it difficult to get all of the nutrients you need in your daily diet.
Modern dentures are specifically fitted to your jaw and will not slip or slide. Thus, you’ll be able to bite down on a crunchy apple or enjoy a delicious dinner at a steak restaurant instead of restricting yourself to soft foods.
Restorative Dentistry Can Restore Your Speech Too
A single missing tooth may or may not have an effect on the way you speak. As you lose more teeth, though, your speech can become slurred or difficult to understand. With dentures, you’ll restore your face to its natural shape, making it easier to speak clearly again.
Dentures are a Good Solution When You Can’t Get Dental Implants
If you have lost enough bone mass that you aren’t a candidate for dental implants, or if you cannot afford dental implants, dentures allow you to regain your smile. Furthermore, if you’re only missing one or two teeth, it’s possible to get a partial denture for the time being until you decide to get dental implants later.
The type of dentures you’ll need will depend on how many teeth you have lost. If you have most of your teeth missing, then obviously full dentures will be the solution. If you are only missing a few teeth and they are missing in sequence, a partial denture will likely work for you. Teeth that are missing out of sequence can be corrected using implant-supported dentures – they are less expensive than full implants and work nearly as well.