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A Brief Guide to Dentures as Your Ideal Solution

Don’t let the word dentures upset or scare you. Yes, in some instances, they can be a full replacement for a full arch of teeth lost to disease, decay, damage or simply aging. However, today’s dental plates are nothing like those of even a decade ago. Rarely can anyone tell when someone is wearing well-made and properly fitted dentures, and most patients are astonished at the many benefits they can enjoy from using them.

At University Dental Group in Orlando, FL we are a family owned business that has offered comprehensive dental care to families and patients in the area since 1987. While we provide complete general, preventative and cosmetic dentistry services, in addition to specialist referrals, we also provide many restorative dentistry solutions, including a wide array of dentures.

The Many Kinds of Dentures

Your idea of dentures probably includes a vision of what are known as “full” dentures. These will be used to replace an entire set of upper or lower teeth. However, there are many other kinds:

  • Partials – These, as they sound, replace a series of teeth missing in the upper or lower jaw
  • Implant supported dentures – These are unique in that they are partial dentures that are held in place by dental implants rather than natural teeth
  • Implant dentures – These are full dentures that are secured in place with dental implants and which are not removed in the way traditional dentures are removed

To determine the right answer for your needs requires a visit to our restorative dentist. During your consultation in our dental office you will have an exam and start to learn what sort of options are available to you, based on your needs, budget and goals.

Why Replace Lost Teeth?

Of course, a common question we get in our dentist office is why replace missing teeth at all? Why not just use what teeth are left or simply rely on the gums? These are valid questions and the answers are very important. We recommend dentures for many reasons. Most importantly, they do enable you to eat a much more diverse and healthy diet. They also allow you to speak and to look like you did before you lost teeth. This is important on many levels and can affect your self-esteem, your social life and your overall well-being.

Using dentures when you have some natural teeth remaining is also a great way to prevent your bite from becoming misaligned. This is a problem that opens the door to further problems. When teeth shift, they begin to rub and wear unevenly and can even chip or break. This can cause problems with the jaw and may even lead to further tooth loss.

Restore Your Smile with Dentures

Naturally, dentures are not always the right answer for everyone. You may be the perfect candidate for dental implants instead, but now that you know a bit more about dentures, it is time to talk with a dentist in Orlando, FL about the treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 407-679-5151 or by visiting our contact page.