Full Denture: Pros and Cons of Full dentures.
Tooth loss can occur due to tooth decay, gum illness, dental fractures, or even accidents. Full dentures are replacement teeth for all of the patient’s missing teeth that are fitted into an acrylic base which is crafted to look just like natural gums. An upper denture includes a plate that covers the roof of your mouth, and the lower denture is horseshoe-shaped that rests securely on the gum and bone tissues. The full dentures get supported by the bones and tissue in your mouth. why full dentures? Full dentures don’t just improve the appearance of the wearer’s mouth but can help them eat and speak just the way they did before with their natural teeth. Full dentures are typically placed within 8–12 weeks after the extraction of the teeth. Cost of full dentures will depend on the material and custom-made.
Pros of full dentures
Full dentures consist of several benefits such as:
- The full dentures are cost-effective when the patient is working on a tight budget or especially if they need to replace several teeth.
- Full dentures are non-invasive which means they hardly need any surgery in comparison to implant dentures.
- They can be easily adjustable and quick modifications to accommodate if there are any extra tooth loss.
- Proper placement of full denture can offer a great deal of support to the lips and cheeks.
Full dentures not just give a smile back but will also allow the wearer to eat and enjoy most foods which can help improve their overall physical health.
Cons of full dentures
Along with benefits such as they are removable and comfortable full dentures, there are also some of the disadvantages that come with full dentures. Below are cons of full dentures:
- If a patient does not have enough gum, then the denture may feel loose and will require dental adhesive in order to be stabilized.
- Lower dentures are likely to have more problems compared to upper dentures because there is no suction to the lower denture, and it can move around resulting in sore spots.
- Full dentures often need high maintenance because they need to be removed and cleaned occasionally.
- These dentures are fragile and tend to break easily.
Over time the patient’s jaw changes and dentures will have to be relined occasionally to remain stable.
How long do full dentures last?
Full denture cost is dependent on the type of false teeth patients need, and the materials used. Full or complete dentures can last around 5 and 10 years. All types of denture wear eventually due to gradual changes that involve the patient’s jaws, jaw joints, ridge or height. Even though full dentures last for several years, the structure of the mouth changes with age and the dentures will become loose over time. When this happens, the dentures may start to irritate the gums resulting in soreness within the mouth. If this happens, the patient will have to use a fixative as a temporary measure only, but will have to make an appointment eventually to get their dentures replaced.