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Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?

October 26, 2021 2:37 pm | Published by

Are you missing multiple teeth? Do you feel self-conscious smiling around your peers? Do you have difficulty chewing after tooth loss? If you answered yes to these, then chances are, you are a great candidate for dentures. Keep reading to learn more about dentures and patient candidacy.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are durable, acrylic oral appliances designed to replace missing teeth. Dentures can replace a partial or full arch of teeth by sitting snugly on the gum line or attaching to dental implants. They are custom-made to look like real teeth and gums. Most people won’t even be able to tell they aren’t the real thing.

Types of Dentures

There are two types of dentures: traditional and implant-supported. Traditional dentures are created to sit directly on the gums with the help of an extra-strength denture adhesive. They are a more cost-effective tooth replacement option. Implant-supported dentures utilize dental implants. Dental implants are small posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. After the implants heal, the dentures can easily snap onto the implants.

Denture Candidacy

Most patients are great candidates for dentures. The only real concern for denture candidates is their jawbone health. This is because tooth loss causes the jawbone to deteriorate and weaken. Consequently, without a stable foundation, patients cannot get dental implants for implant-supported dentures. A weakened jawbone can also cause issues for traditional dentures. Traditional dentures are designed to fit the shape of the jaw. If the jaw shape is constantly changing due to deterioration, the dentures will no longer fit properly. If patients have poor jaw health, they can receive a bone graft to strengthen their jawbone before getting dentures.

Schedule Your Denture Consultation Today!

Our team is passionate about restoring patients’ smiles. We create custom-fitted traditional and implant-supported dentures and perform bone graft surgery when needed. The procedures you need to regain a beautiful, fully functioning smile are all available at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry. Please contact us to schedule your denture consultation. We have offices conveniently located in Spartanburg and Inman, SC.

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