Advantages of Todays’ Modern Dentures & Implant Supported Dentures from your Alexandria Dentist
If you wear dentures, are considering upgrading or needing denture repair for your existing dentures or are a potential candidate for the dental treatment, learn about about the latest technological advances and advantages of today’s dentures, as they are not your grandparents’ dentures.
Sets of false teeth or dentures were worn as early as 2,000 years ago. Dentures worn generations ago looked like blocks of chalk-colored teeth resting on bright pink unnatural gums. Previous dental practices for those eligible to collect social security included dental treatments that were both inexpensive and avoided surgical procedures. Removable replacement teeth, otherwise known as full or partial dentures, were held in place with messy adhesives.
However, today’s dentures are made from realistic looking teeth designed to produce a life-like appearance with the placement of each tooth one at a time in an individual’s mouth. The primary goal of modern dentistry is to restore a patient’s mouth to function normally and comfortably while eating and talking. Restoration of good oral health is essential to overcoming the negative effects of tooth diseases or injury. Your Alexandria VA dentist for dentures, as well as dentists throughout the country, are introducing alternative treatments to older patients that include alternative denture methods to reconstruct teeth on top of implants that are not removable, generally known as ‘implant supported dentures.’
Today’s modern dentures are more comfortable to wear and are made from higher quality materials that include fiberglass, metal, acrylic or a combination of any of these three materials. Dentures resolve patient problems that may arise from missing teeth that are not replaced in the mouth. Problems include inability to chew food, wrinkled facial appearance due to sinking lips and cheeks that make a person look ancient, poor speech and misaligned teeth.
A complete or full denture replaces all the natural teeth and provides the needed support for sagging lips and cheeks. A partial denture replaces some teeth. The dentist will remove remaining teeth prior to making the dentures. Conventional dentures are inserted after the gum tissue has healed in several months. Immediate dentures are made from jaw measurements taken during a patient’s preliminary visit and inserted after the dentist removes the remaining teeth. Patients eliminate the wait time for gum tissue to heal before receiving the immediate dentures.
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Dr. Nhien Lu is a dedicated and experienced family and cosmetic dentist in both Alexandria and Springfield Virginia. Connect with Dr. Lu on Google+