People lose teeth for many reasons. Some are due to injury, others are disease and others simply aren't caring for their teeth as they should.
Regardless of the reason you are losing your teeth, at some point in your life you may need dentures to continue to enjoy the food you like. If you have missing teeth and do not do anything to correct the situation, such as getting implants, your jaw can lose bone mass.
The act of chewing is what keep your teeth and jaws strong. It is similar to exercise. Harder impact exercise like jumping jacks make your bones stronger than passive exercise like swimming. Your jawbones are no different. They need the exercise to keep the bone strong and dense. If your jawbone does not get this exercise your appearance can change because your jawbone could begin to snag. This is where dentures come in.
What Do Dentures Do?
If you have missing teeth and decide to get dentures first your mouth will be evaluated. Are all of the teeth gone or do remnants of the teeth remain? Must these remnants be removed or can they stay without affecting the way the dentures fit? If additional teeth need to be pulled they will. If it can be avoided that will also happen.
After the evaluation is completed, what is called an alveoplasty may be done. This smooths the ridges of your jawline to make the dentures fit better. If your dentures fit well, they will be able to mimic the natural teeth in their job of keeping your jawbone well exercised. If you have any problems with your dentures, the way they fit or problems chewing, you should immediately contact us to make the necessary adjustments.
If you would like an evaluation or further information, please contact us. We' are happy to help with your decision.
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