When Should I Get Dentures? 5 Signs To Look For

Dentures are one of the simplest, fastest, and most affordable ways to replace missing teeth in San Diego. A great set of dentures will look and feel natural, and let you get back to your day-to-day routine and lifestyle after tooth loss. But are they right for you? In this blog from Carmel Mountain Dental Care in Rancho Peñasquitos, we’ll explore the top 5 signs that you may want to consider getting dentures. 

1. You Have One Or More Missing Teeth

Even a single missing tooth can be corrected by a set of partial dentures, and dentures are also commonly used to replace a full mouth of missing teeth. Tooth loss causes serious oral health problems.

If you lose even one tooth, the nearby teeth may shift, and this can cause issues with your bite alignment. As we’ll discuss more in a later section, this can also interfere with your ability to eat and chew properly.

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth is a good candidate for dentures. No matter the extent of your oral health problems, the team at Carmel Mountain Dental Care can help you determine if they’re a good choice for you.

2. Your Missing Teeth Are Contributing To Health Issues

If you’ve lost multiple teeth, you may have trouble chewing and eating your favorite foods. This can lead to indigestion or make it hard to get the right nutrients in your diet. In turn, this can contribute to other health problems. Losing one or more teeth can also put more stress and strain on your remaining teeth, leading to premature wear and damage to your remaining healthy teeth.

3. You Feel Self-Conscious About Your Smile & Appearance

Tooth loss often interferes with your ability to speak properly, particularly if you lose one or more of your front teeth. Your speech may sound slushy and indistinct, or it may sound as if you have a lisp.

Not only that, but tooth loss also can make you feel self-conscious about how you look. Tooth loss makes you look older than you are, and may cause you to hide your smile and your teeth around other people, including even friends and family.

4. You Have Serious, Extensive Oral Health Problems

If you haven't seen the dentist in a long time and you think you have multiple decayed or infected teeth or a serious case of gum disease, dentures may be the best way to restore your smile.

Depending on the extent of your condition, some or all of your damaged teeth may be extracted, and then replaced with dentures. We practice conservative dentistry at Carmel Mountain Dental Care, so our dentists will only recommend extraction if it’s not possible to save your natural teeth.

5. Alternatives Like Dental Bridges Or Dental Implants Aren’t Right For You

Dentures aren’t your only option. Alternatives like dental bridges or dental implants are also a good way to restore one or more missing teeth. However, they are usually more expensive than dentures. Dental implants also require a healthy mouth and have a pretty long treatment process.

If you need fast results and you’re on a budget, dentures may still be the best choice for you. Our doctors will discuss the pros and cons of all of your tooth replacement options at Carmel Mountain Dental Care, and ensure you make the right choice. 

Do You Have Missing Teeth In San Diego? Come To Carmel Mountain Dental Care Today!

At our Rancho Peñasquitos office, we specialize in restorative dentistry. We’re proud to offer expert care to patients in Rancho Peñasquitos, Del Sur, Carmel Valley, and the surrounding areas. If you have lost one or more teeth and are ready to restore your smile, don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (858) 484-4880 to schedule an appointment at our office today. 

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