Improvements in Dentures: What You Can Expect Today
Improvements in dental care over the last 50 years, combined with better oral health care education, has resulted in a decrease in the number of individuals that need either full or partial dentures. However, if you examine population trends, you will see that in the next 45 to 50 years or so, the number of adults over the age of 55 will dramatically increase. This means, that while we’ve improved how we care for our teeth, many individuals will still need dentures in some form, to replace missing teeth. Luckily, for our Troy, MI dental patients, dentures have improved significantly since the time of our grandparents.
What is the first thing you think of when someone suggests dentures? Is it a picture of a person with fake teeth flopping around in their mouth, struggling to chew, and messing with yucky denture adhesive? Sadly, this is the idea that many of our patients have of what wearing dentures is like. However, with today’s retained dentures, there is no longer the requirement that your teeth flop around in your mouth. Retained dentures are specifically fitted to the roof of your mouth and around the contours of your tongue, so they don’t flop around. Exact measurements made from molds of your mouth mean these dentures fit tight with little to no movement. Retained dentures can even be surgically implanted to your mouth so there is no risk of movement.
We have all heard the horror stories of painful and uncomfortable dental experiences. For some people, these experiences happen in their youth and cause them to be terrified of visiting the dentist for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, for dental patients today, we have really outstanding options for creating a painless dental experience. With sedation technology and improvements to local anesthetics, we can extract your damaged teeth and place dentures with little to no pain. For those patients that are especially scared of the dentist, we can do “one day” dentures. This procedure allows us to extract your teeth and fit your new dentures in the same procedure. This reduces the time you have to spend in anxiety, worrying about the dentist.
Dentures and Implants
If you are looking for something even more permanent that retained dentures, there are now procedures where we can combine dental implants and dentures into the same structure. This gives the patient a solid structure for chewing and reduces the bone loss that is common when all of an individual’s teeth are extracted. This process can be more expensive than traditional dentures, but in the long run, may be a better option for patients that want more structure or are young and need dentures.
For More Information on Dental Services Offered at our Troy, Michigan Location
For many of our Troy area dental patients, dentures are a reality. But they don’t have to be a burden anymore. Dr. Mansky and his Troy dental team know that getting dentures is a scary thought for most patients, so we work hard to make your dental experience as comfortable as possible. If you need dentures or just a good family dentist in Troy, MI, give us a call today at (248) 689-5508, to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our dental services.