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Signs You May Need A Full Set Of Dentures

Failing teeth cause many issues within your mouth. When teeth become so decayed, broken, or unstable that they require pulling, you may need dentures.

Depending on the number of failing teeth and your overall oral health, you may require partial or full dentures. So, how do you know?

Read on to learn more about full dentures and signs you may need them.

What Are Full Dentures?

Unlike partial dentures, which just replace a few missing teeth, a full set replaces all your teeth. To receive a full set of dentures, the dentist removes all your existing teeth.

The gums must heal, so patients wait about two to three months for the dentist to place the new dentures. Traditional full dentures sit on the gums and are held in place with adhesives. However, other types of available.

  • Snap-on dentures
  • Immediate dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Economy dentures

Economy dentures are the most common for those on a budget. These dentures usually don't look like your real teeth and sometimes don't fit securely in the mouth. Premium dentures cost more, but they look more like natural teeth. Higher quality of materials make them last longer and offer better fit and function.

What Are Signs You Need Full Dentures?

Full denture treatment is required when all the top or bottom teeth are removed or lost due to poor oral health. A patient requires a full set of dentures when both bottom and top teeth are missing or failing and require removal.

Here are some signs you may need a full set of dentures.

  • Chronic toothaches
  • Sensitive, swollen, or inflamed gums
  • Have difficulty eating certain kinds of foods
  • Missing teeth
  • Numerous failing or unstable teeth

If you avoid smiling because your teeth look bad, that's also a reason to consider getting dentures. When broken, or missing teeth cause you to avoid smiling or eating certain foods, dentures give you a new smile and help you chew and bite.

How To Avoid Needing Dentures?

Proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are the only ways to avoid needed dentures later in life. You should call for a dental appointment immediately when you have a toothache, gum issue, or other oral problems.

Even if at some point you have to get dentures, just remember they are better than trying to live with failing teeth. Dentures help you gain confidence when you smile, laugh, talk and chew. A new full set gives you a whole new look. 

For more information about denture treatments, contact a local dentist.