Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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If you are wearing dentures in La Mesa, you know that they are not the best solution for missing teeth. Denture problems include slipping, gum irritation, and trouble eating. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we can help discuss whether you need dentures or if there’s a better option.

1. Dentures are not the only replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a better option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has important implications. Dental implants can stop bone recession that ordinarily occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can deliver patients the near-normal ability to chew and talk.

2. There are more than one type of denture. Most people are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some original teeth. Partial dentures can be anchored in the mouth or removable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. We’ll need to check if you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can strengthen existing bone in some patients. Schedule an appointment with our team to find out if you are a well-suited candidate.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice correct oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no existing teeth left, you still need twice-yearly dental examination. Good oral health is an important part of overall physical well-being. Dr. Gray will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Implants Prevent Denture-Related Health Problems

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no natural teeth. Many men and women with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s difficult to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And a toothless mouth is not an attractive look for anyone. We can help at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

13 Problems With Dentures

  1. Dentures usually fit properly at first, but the mouth changes as you age. Normal wear and tear take their toll. Eventually, the dentures will need to be relined or replaced. But even quality dentures which fit properly cause problems, both physical and mental.
  2. The human body is designed to have teeth that are fixed in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.
  3. Ill-fitting dentures can aggravate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation often leads to additional health conditions.
  4. Dentures can change a person’s bite which impacts the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. This, in turn, can bring about pain in the face, neck, and head.
  5. They trap particles of food. This can result in gum disease. Partial dentures can increase the risk of decay in remaining teeth.
  6. Dentures can make food taste different or mask the taste entirely. This can lead to insufficient nutrition.
  7. Some individuals with dentures start eating smaller meals which can lead to weight loss.
  8. Dentures can take the pleasure out of eating. This can influence emotional health. (Enjoying a meal is often the best part of the day, don’t you agree?)
  9. Inadequate calorie consumption lowers energy levels. This impacts the power to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.
  10. Dentures hamper chewing power. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet.
  11. Reduced chewing capacity can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This contributes to digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.
  12. Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is limited, some people avoid social situations and are at a greater risk for depression.
  13. Missing teeth eventually lead to bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.

If you are retired, you should be able to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. If you are working, you should be able to enjoy your career to the fullest. We can explain these solutions in detail if you come in for a no-pressure consultation.

Dental Implants Prevent (All Of!) These Problems

Dental implants allows you to avoid each one of these health conditions. The wonders of modern dentistry!

Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy #102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in La MesaIf you are one of the many patients wearing dentures in La Mesa, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth. Denture problems include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we can help discuss dentures vs implants, and also how they can work together.

MODERN RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

The good news is that modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution:

  • chewing ability becomes similar to natural teeth
  • implants can prevent bone recession
  • overall dental health is improved.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

How about a thick T-bone at your favorite La Mesa steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your favorite meal, you’ll avoid the embarrassment of having dentures rattling. Before you pay for another denture reline, ask us about the possibility of dental implants. There is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa is skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us today for an appointment!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-550-4035

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942