The loss of teeth is usually an unfortunate side effect of aging. However, it can also occur because of an injury or accident. For those who have missing teeth, they may find that smiling–something many other people take for granted–is too embarrassing to do in public. It can also negatively impact their speech and ability to chew. Many of these sufferers choose traditional dentures as a means to improve their smile. However, traditional dentures also have their share of problems. To truly fix your smile and return to the full functionality your mouth once had, you might want to consider a fixed denture instead. Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS and her team can tell you why.
Traditional vs. Fixed Dentures
Traditional dentures are those that are considered to be removable. You can easily slip them on when you need to chew, speak, or go out in public. When that’s all over, you can then easily remove them. However, while this may seem convenient, it poses quite a few problems. For one, because they are removable, the dentures can slip around in your mouth no matter how much adhesive you apply to them. This can lead to embarrassing situations where they slip right out of your mouth while talking or smiling at someone. They can also make talking and chewing difficult. In addition, they are more prone to bacterial infections because, without regular cleaning, they’re essentially in your mouth, then being touched by germy hands, before set in whatever holder you have for them.
Fixed dentures solve many of those problems. They are permanent dentures that are made possible because of the technology behind dental implants. Permanent dentures are fixed to your jawbone just like regular teeth. Because of this firm structure, you are able to talk, chew, and smile without any worry of the denture slipping from your gums. No longer do you have to worry about spending a bunch of money on adhesives or new dentures every few months. Fixed dentures are a single procedure that you don’t have to worry about again. They also provide you with a natural-looking smile.
The Importance of Filling Teeth
If you have some missing teeth, then you may be tempted to just live your life without them. This can be a disastrous choice. Your teeth rely on your jawbone to crush and talk. However, without the proper amount of teeth aligning the jaw, it can begin to lose shape and form. This can greatly impact the shape of your face and your ability to speak and chew. Studies have shown, too, that missing teeth can increase your chances of developing gum disease. To ensure that you don’t further injure your jaw and impact the rest of your health, you should consider having a fixed denture installed.
At the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS, we want to make sure that you receive the perfect treatment for your wants and needs. A fixed denture may be just what you’ve been looking for to restore your smile. Contact us today to book an appointment in Asheville and learn more information!