Dentures: Part One

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This three-part blog series explores dentures, denture care, and preventing denture discomfort

What are Dentures?

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  At Svoma Design in Dentistry, we specialize in both! 

Who needs Dentures?

Did you know that 1 out of every 4 people age 65 years and older have experienced complete tooth loss?  If this is your situation, you are in good company!  Dentures are used to replace teeth damaged by decay and periodontitis (gum disease).  Does this describe you or someone you know?

Tooth decay and gum disease can wreak havoc on many and to add to it, many people don’t have dental insurance and original Medicare (Parts A & B) doesn’t cover dental treatment or dentures.  Furthermore, certain medical conditions and prescription medications can cause oral health problems like dry mouth that make teeth and gums more susceptible to cavities and infections.  As a result, tooth loss is accelerated. 

Even people who take excellent care of their teeth may one day experience tooth loss and the need for partial or full dentures.  Common symptoms of tooth decay include pain, gum tenderness and bleeding, difficulty eating, and shifting or loose-feeling teeth.

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