Dentures are prosthetic appliances designed to replace missing teeth. Replacing teeth with false teeth is usually something we associate with old age. However, well-made modern dentures are growing in popularity for younger people too.
People lose teeth or have teeth removed due to a range of issues, including:
- Tooth Decay
- Periodontal or Gum Disease
- Drug Use
- Traumatic Injury, or
- Genetic Disorders.
The best false teeth options can be a good affordable solution to help with a wide range of physical and cosmetic issues. Various real looking false teeth options exist for you to help with:
- Missing teeth
- An inability to properly bite or chew properly
- Shifting or tilting of remaining teeth
- Sagging of facial muscles which affect appearance and speech.
Today there are many false teeth options made to fit into the mouth which mimics the appearance of natural teeth. You can now customize the false teeth shape, size, and color to match the original teeth perfectly. This provides a natural look that is comfortable, practical, and not noticeable.
False Teeth Products
There are many new false teeth products on the market. This is due to many reasons including:
- an increase in the different denture options available,
- the increase in popularity, and
- advancements in technology.
These products can help to maintain your dentures, keep them looking their best, and give you the confidence you need.
We have written quite a few reviews covering many different false teeth products on the market. Click on the images below for a closer look:
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The Best False Teeth Options
There have been many recent advances in dental restoration and cosmetic dentistry. This has made the options available more affordable and less invasive. Your dentist will discuss with you the best real looking options available. Among them are:
- Dental Implants,
- Bridges, and
- Dentures, which may be full dentures or partial dentures (when only a few teeth are missing).
Make sure that you check out the video below for a quick run-down of some of the best false teeth options available:
Your dentist will recommend the best false teeth options to suit your specific circumstances. Some factors to consider include:
- Dental Health,
- Age, and
- The number of missing teeth.
Before starting, you can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each available option with the dentist.
Below are some of the different options that are available. Make sure that you ask your dentist about each of these false teeth options:
Complete Dentures or Full Dentures
Complete dentures or full dentures are generally recommended for those who have lost all their teeth, either in the upper or lower jaw. A maxillary denture replaces missing teeth in the upper jaw. A mandibular denture replaces teeth in the lower jaw.
Comparing the two types of complete dentures, the maxillary denture has a larger area of coverage which means that it tends to be more stable.
The mandibular denture often poses more concerns for the wearer. This can be due to its lesser area of coverage which means less suction to hold it in place. It can also interfere with the movements of the tongue, especially if there is inadequate alveolar bone height.
Complete dentures may also be a good option for people who are not able to go for treatments to save or restore any teeth.
Partial dentures fit into the gaps caused by one or two teeth that are missing. The wearer can remove and put them in with ease.
Patients with only a few teeth missing on either the upper or lower jaws are the best candidates for partials. Individuals who are having implant treatments may also have partial dentures recommended temporarily. This is because the installation of full dental implants may take some time.
Healthy teeth located on either side of the gap secure the plate of partial dentures in place.
The plate is made of plastic or acrylic and sometimes uses a metal framework to hold it in place. Some new removable partial dentures used by many dentists no longer use metal, which eliminates the potential damage to the healthy teeth.
For more information on removable partial dentures, click here.
Overdentures are false teeth options secured to dental implants or supported by other teeth by dental attachments. Two of the main types of overtures are telescopic dentures and bar joint dentures.
Patients with bone density problems are generally the best candidates for telescopic dentures.
The bar joint denture is an option for patients who lose most of their lower teeth. This would result in them having nothing to hold the denture in place while chewing.
The benefits of overdentures include aesthetic appearance, improvement in speech, chewing, jaw alignment, and bone loss prevention.
Overdentures are also known as Snap-in dentures. They can be a great option for the right candidates.
Read more about the advantages, disadvantages, procedure, and cost of overdentures here.
Flexible Partial Dentures
Some of the other best false teeth options getting good recognition and favorable reviews are flexible dentures. These have some of the highest comfort level satisfaction among wearers.
The outer layer coating of flexible resin in the base of the dentures gives them flexibility. This allows them to lock in place, giving superior stability.
The base of the dentures, made of transparent pink opaque shading, allows the natural color of the gum to be seen for a more pleasing cosmetic effect.
The great advantage of flexible dentures is that they are virtually unbreakable and last longer. Even though they tend to cost more than regular dentures, many find that comfort, aesthetics, and durability are worth the initial investment!
For a comprehensive look into flexible partial dentures, including what they are, how they work, advantages and disadvantages, and the cost of flexible dentures, click here.
And for a quick overview of flexible dentures, why not check out this video:
Single Tooth Dental Implants
A single tooth dental implant is often the perfect solution for individuals missing just one or a few teeth. The implant requires the installation of a high-grade titanium “artificial root” into the jawbone. Attached to that is a false tooth. Once completed, the tooth will look like your remaining natural teeth.
Dental implants are used in many ways. They can support a single crown, a dental bridge, or a full set of dentures depending on the situation. Because the foundation of the implant goes directly into the jawbone, they offer strength and stability not available from any other of the available false teeth options.
Because dental implants feel, function, and look like natural teeth, they are easy to care for. All they need is to be brushed daily and regular visits to your dentist will ensure your dental implants will last a long time and provide you with years of use.
A dental bridge utilizes one or more false teeth in an appliance that fits between two natural teeth bridging and filling the gap. The bridge is held in place by the natural teeth or dental implants located on either side of the gap being filled. There are four different types of dental bridges.
Conventional Fixed Bridge
A conventional, or traditional fixed bridge uses crowns, or retainers, to attach to the teeth that anchor it in place. The connectors between the retainers and bridge can be rigid or one of them can be movable. Your specific situation will determine which of these connectors your dentist feels is the best solution.
A cantilever bridge is supported by just one natural tooth instead of teeth on both sides of the gap the bridge is required to fill.
A Maryland bridge does not use crowns on anchor teeth. Instead, it has wings on either end that attach to the neighboring natural teeth with an adhesive.
An implant-supported bridge is much like a conventional bridge only it does not require anchor teeth to hold it in place. Instead, this type of bridge requires dental implants to be inserted into the jaw, to which the bridge is attached.
Immediate dentures are more accurately termed temporary dentures. They can be full or partial and are used to permit you to eat, speak, and smile while your gums heal from the removal of natural teeth. Once your mouth has healed and you are ready for permanent dentures, you will switch, and the immediate dentures are replaced.
These temporary dentures are not the perfect solution for everyone. Your dentist will know if immediate dentures are an appropriate option for you. Should you receive immediate dentures, be prepared to wear them for up to six months. The actual time frame will vary depending on how your gums heal.
Immediate dentures are generally uncomfortable during the healing process and once your swollen gums go back to normal, your temporary dentures may not fit properly which may result in a variety of problems. This is why you eventually switch out to permanent, better-fitting dentures.
If there was a scale to measure dentures on, economy dentures would be near the bottom of that list. There are good reasons for that. First, they look fake. Second, they don’t fit correctly and are uncomfortable to wear. They require dental adhesive to keep in place at all times.
However, there are a few good reasons to consider these generic, economy dentures as your false teeth option. As the name implies, these dentures are not costly. For individuals on a budget in need of false teeth, economy dentures are a good value and the most cost-effective solution to replacing missing teeth.
If you are fine with poorly fitting dentures that will take you to your dentist’s office frequently for realignments and adjustments, then economy dentures could be the solution you have been waiting for. Although the quality of the material used in these dentures is less durable than in other false teeth, economy dentures are still dentures.
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