Modern Comfortable Dentures
Why some Streatham patients still choose dentures to replace a missing tooth.
Dentures have been around since the 1700s, with the originals using ivory. However rudimentary these may have been, they were still only available for the very wealthy of the time.
Since the introduction of the NHS, dentures have become more accessible to a wider range of people and have been, for many years, the standard method of tooth replacement.
Although there are now other options available, namely dental implants or a bridge, a significant number of patients of the Confidental Clinic in Streatham still choose dentures when faced with a choice.
Although many argue that dental implants are now the best option for replacing missing teeth, it seems that dentures are still the choice of many. There are a number of good reasons why this may be the case.
Non invasive procedure – This is a key reason for many people, and especially for nervous dental patients. Having dentures often requires no invasive dental treatment at all. Dental implants need to be placed into the jawbone, and, if there is insufficient bone structure, a prior bone graft may also be needed. Whilst a bridge requires less surgery, otherwise healthy teeth may need to be shaped to accept the crowns which attach the bridge. Dentures, on the other hand, are made from impressions and then fitted in a straightforward manner.
Practical – Dentures can be removed when you are at home if you are not concerned about your appearance without them. They are relatively easy to clean and maintain and you will require few visits to the dentist regarding them, though we will also check them during your routine six monthly examination. Most foods can be eaten quite easily with modern dentures though there may be a few, such as toffee, which might be best avoided.
Aesthetics – Having a missing tooth can detract from your appearance, especially if it is one of the visible front teeth. If you are missing a number of teeth to the rear of your mouth, although these are less visible, a lack of teeth can cause the cheeks to sag and dentures will help to prevent this. Modern dentures are well made and look entirely natural and it is unlikely that people will even know you wear them.
Comfort – Although there may be a little initial sensitivity for a short while whilst your gums become accustomed to the dentures, modern dentures are much more comfortable than the versions that your parents or grandparents wore. There are a number of types to choose from and some modern flexible dentures even move with your mouth, providing additional comfort for the wearer.
If you have a missing tooth, or number of teeth and would like to discuss possible replacement options with a local Streatham dentist, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8674 2052.