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This two-part article series addresses traditional removable dentures as a solution to multiple missing teeth and edentulism. It then goes on to explore the alternative – dental implants – and why they are regarded as more beneficial to patients.
Cosmetic Dentist in Pueblo CO Discusses Removable Dentures and Alternatives, PART 1
Cosmetic Dentist in Pueblo CO Discusses
Removable Dentures and Alternatives, PART 1
This two-part article series addresses traditional removable dentures as a
solution to multiple missing teeth and edentulism. It then goes on to explore
the alternative – dental implants – and why they are regarded as more
beneficial to patients.
One way or another – whether through personal experience or having seen a loved one wear
them – we all have an idea of what removable dentures or “false teeth” are. Prior to the
innovation of dental implant techniques capable of replacing a patient’s entire set of teeth,
dentures were really the only solution cosmetic dentists in Pueblo CO had available. If you had
lost most or all of your original adult teeth, then a future of denture wearing was what you
had to look forward to.
Technology has advanced considerably since these days and thank goodness it has because
the teeth replacement techniques available today are far more comfortable and offer patients
improved functionality and smile aesthetics. In spite of this, removable dentures are still the
most popular method of teeth replacement, so let’s take a look at this technology.
What Are Dentures?
Removable dentures are artificial teeth that consist of an
upper or lower set of ceramic teeth mounted into pink plastic
or acrylic gums. Dentures are typically custom made for the
Colorado Springs resident, although they are available in a
range of standard sizes. Needless to say, custom-made
dentures are likely to fit better and more comfortably.
How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures are essentially placed in the mouth over the gums where they rely on their bulk to
remain stable. Other than this, there is nothing holding them in place, which is why they tend
to shift around when eating and during conversation. It’s for this reason – for the discomfort
associated with traditional dentures - that many dentists in Pueblo CO recommend dental
implants instead, or at least dentures that are secured in the mouth using dental implants.
Challenges To Be Aware Of
Many of the challenges associated with wearing dentures arise from the
fact that they are loose in the mouth. There is nothing really preventing
them from moving around, which can cause the following problems:
A low self-esteem,
Unwillingness to smile openly.
Additionally, Colorado Springs cosmetic dentists warn patients that
removable dentures do tend to press down on and rub against the gums during eating and
conversation, which can cause them to become quite sore and inflamed. As a result many
patients have to keep a tube of anesthetic gel handy to help relieve some of the discomfort
associated with wearing dentures.
Other problems associated with the bulkiness and looseness of dentures
Impediment of taste ability (bulkiness covers the soft palate),
Lesser ability to experience the texture and temperature of one’s food,
The triggering of the gag reflex,
The repeated cost of anesthetic gels and adhesive strips to help secure dentures,
Thin, stretched lips and aged smile aesthetics.
What Are The Alternatives?
Thankfully, as it was mentioned, Colorado Springs residents do have an alternative to
dentures Dental implants have been around for many decades, but it’s only recently – with
the advent of newer, more sophisticated and less expensive techniques – that they’ve become
accessible to the “average” person in need of a complete set of new teeth. The benefits they
offer aren’t only aesthetic and functional in nature; dental implants also promote much better
Stay Tuned For Part 2
In the second half of this article series, cosmetic dentists shall explain the virtues and benefits
of dental implants as an alternative teeth replacement solution to traditional removable