Dental : How to Fix a Tooth That Fell Out of Dentures
Can I Replace My Teeth With Dentures?
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I am 57 years old and have weak teeth that have many fillings, cracks, and crowns. Several crowns have had to be replaced even though they are all less than ten years old, and two teeth need a third crown! I have no tooth pain and no tartar buildup, but my teeth are really an embarrassment, and the crowns no longer match my aging teeth. I am so frustrated that I've just kept the crowns off. My dentist says I'm being ridiculous, but I would rather have my teeth taken out before they crumble one by one!
— Toni, Maryland
As long as you are in good general health, you can have your teeth removed and dentures made. The real issue is whether this is the right decision for you.
This critical decision must be made when you are pain free and not focused on other distractions. During stressful periods, people sometimes make hasty or wrong decisions. My first suggestion is that you seek counsel from an honest, passionate, and educated general dentist who can advise you of the pros and cons of dentures versus saving your natural teeth. You need to have a full examination, a full set of X-rays, and a lengthy examination. Below is a list of some common problems associated with full dentures on the upper and lower arches that you should be aware of:
- Because you have a hard piece of plastic (the denture) pressed against your delicate gum tissue, you will feel pain.
- Dentures get loose as the bone and gum underneath shrinks and realigns.
- Upper and lower dentures often make a clacking noise, which can be embarrassing to some people.
- Food does not taste as good since your palate is covered by the upper denture.
- Sore spots develop at different places as you adjust to wearing the dentures.
- They can look very artificial.
- They must be taken out for cleaning, and in some cases, possibly left out overnight to give the soft tissues of your palate rest from the trauma of a rubbing denture.
- When your dentures are out, your face looks older as the point from your nose to your chin decreases in height.
- A lower denture is very difficult to keep stable since there are no natural undercuts to the lower jaw.
The above problems are the most common complaints among people wearing dentures. In this age, keeping your natural teeth as long as possible with three-month cleanings and careful examination by your dentist and hygienist is certainly the way to go. If tooth loss occurs, permanent bridges or implants are a more natural option as they are most similar to your original teeth. The idea of wearing anything removable, whether it is a full or partial denture, is not the best alternative and thus not recommended by most dentists. Your problems will begin, not end, with the complete removal of your teeth.
It may be true that you have had some crowns fall out recently or over the past ten years, and my suggestion is that you seek the advice of your regular dentist or find an exceptional dentist in your area who can evaluate why this is happening. Just because you are having problems does not mean you should remove all your teeth.
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