If you are missing some of your teeth then you know how much of an impact they have on your day to day life. Everyday tasks like talking and eating are more difficult when you have missing teeth. If you are missing several teeth you may no longer be able to eat the foods you enjoy. Missing teeth also impact the way that you look. One missing tooth can be noticeable and cause you some embarrassment. Multiple missing teeth can completely change the structure of your face. Fortunately, dentures can help restore the lost function and facial structure that come with tooth loss.
It is easy to take the functionality of your teeth for granted until that functionality is gone. Before you experienced tooth loss you may have never thought twice about the snacks you eat or the food you order at a restaurant. After tooth loss, however, the foods that you can eat are much more limited. The loss of function may even cause you to avoid situations where eating is involved. Dentures can help restore the lost function that you have experienced. A well-designed and well-fitting set of dentures will allow you to eat normally and without pain.
Your jaw and teeth provide a significant amount of structure to your face. When you lose teeth your jawbone can also start to deteriorate. The combination of tooth and bone loss can significantly impact the structure of your face. Dentures are designed to restore the facial structure that you lost. When you wear dentures you can look and feel like yourself once again.
If you are living with a loss of function and facial structure because of tooth loss, it is time to consider dentures. The first step in determining if dentures are the right option for you is scheduling an appointment with a prosthodontist. In that initial appointment, the prosthodontist will do a thorough examination to determine if dentures are the right tooth replacement option for you. If dentures are the best choice, your prosthodontist will design and fit you with a set of dentures that will restore both function and facial structure.
Getting dentures can be transformative if you have been living with missing teeth. Improvements in denture technology have led to the availability of dentures that look natural and function well. There is no need to continue living with the consequences of having missing teeth when you have a replacement option. Schedule an appointment with a prosthodontist to determine if dentures or another type of tooth replacement is right for you. You can be back to eating normally and enjoying your life fully with the help of a well-designed set of dentures.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.