Family dentists typically offer a wide range of services, addressing oral health, cosmetic and functional concerns. This review highlights the services that you can expect your local family dentist to offer you and your family. The most notable areas of focus for family dentists include diagnostic services, preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic treatments. Many also…
Ask a Dentist: When Should I Get Dentures?
Deciding that it might be time to start considering dentures isn’t always the most exciting conversation. However, it can be challenging for many people to determine if they are ready for dentures or if there is another option. First, it is crucial to recognize that most of us will have dentures at some point in our lives. This is a very natural part of our lives. Many people receive dentures because of traumatic injuries, sickness or disease, or tooth decay caused by genetic factors. Just because you need dentures doesn’t mean that you have done anything wrong.
There are some situations where it is clear to patients that they need dentures, but that is a personal decision for many people. Here are some of the top issues our patients face when it is time to get dentures.
Red, swollen, or irritated gums
Gum disease is prevalent in patients today. However, this is an issue that requires treatment. Gum sensitivities or infections can lead to problems with the stability of your teeth. While gum disease is easily treatable in the early stages, it gets progressively more severe. Over time, untreated gum disease can cause tooth decay or tooth loss, leading to dentures.
A variety of issues can cause pain in your teeth. However, if your tooth pain is intense or severe and nothing seems to help, it is time to see a dentist. Infection that gets to the center of the tooth, or the pulp, can be excruciatingly painful. Sometimes these teeth can be saved and kept in place, but they frequently need to be extracted. Depending on your situation, you may be able to replace that tooth with an implant, a bridge, or it may be time for dentures.
Teeth that are gradually shifting or moving
The structure of your teeth is dependent on the neighboring teeth and the pressure they place upon each other. Sometimes, if you’re missing a single tooth, it can cause issues for your entire mouth. As teeth shift, others can become loose or misaligned. These issues can lead to additional tooth loss or oral health issues. Depending on the severity of your tooth loss or how your teeth are shifting, dentures may be a solution.
Issues with chewing certain foods because of tooth loss
Many people find that they can function without some of their teeth. However, as you lose more teeth, you may have difficulty chewing certain foods or are avoiding them completely. Difficulty chewing foods can lead to a higher risk of choking. Avoiding foods can lead to unhealthy weight loss. If you face either of these issues, it is time to talk to your doctor to determine your options. Dentures are frequently a great option to allow you to eat the foods you enjoy again.
If you have any of these problems, it is time to schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss your options. Your oral health is our top priority, and we always welcome our patients with care and compassion.
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