Posted on: 10 January 2019
If you are a senior and starting to lose your teeth, there are several options to consider for replacing them. The best person to help you choose what would work best for you, however, is your dentist. Learning information before you go to the dentist can be helpful. To get started, here is information about two options you have.
You can choose to get full dentures or partial dentures, to start with. This will depend on how many teeth you are losing. Dentures are removable, which means you have to remove them each night to clean them. Taking proper care of them is important as they will not last as long if you do not.
Full dentures replace every single one of your teeth. The doctor will make a mold of your teeth and then send it to a lab. The lab technician then connects the false teeth to a plate, which sits on the roof of your mouth while you are wearing the dentures. This will take some getting used to, but over time you will not even notice the plate is there.
Partial dentures connect to your teeth using a metal or acrylic band. The doctor will use either metal clasps or resin cement to connect the dentures. Everything is attached to the back of your teeth, so nothing shows from the front.
Dental implants are the best option to choose as they are just like your natural teeth. Dental implants are not removable, so you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth. In most cases, dental implants will last throughout your lifetime, so you will never have to worry about having them replaced. Even though dental implants are more expensive up front, not needing to get them replaced will save you money in the future.
You can have dental implants installed for one or more teeth. They can also be used for an entire set of teeth, if that is what you need.
There are two types of implants available. One type attaches directly to the jawbone, and the other is placed under your gum line and not attached to the jaw bone. Your dentist can go over these two options with you in detail and tell you what would work best for you.
Speak with your dentist about all of these options because they will know what is best for your teeth.Share