I’ve had horrible health issues which have impacted my oral health. I don’t want to go into the details, but even my dentist keeps trying to encourage me by reminding me this isn’t my fault. It looks like I’m going to lose most of my teeth. I was hoping to get dental implants. My dentist keeps saying how they’re like having natural teeth. Unfortunately, it looks like the cost is way above what I can do. I may end up stuck with dentures. The one thing I’m hoping you can tell me is if it’s possible to make dentures look natural too? I’ve been so depressed over this whole situation, I think my sweet dentist would say anything to make me feel better.
I’m very sorry your health issues have been such a struggle. It’s especially discouraging when it impacts other aspects of your quality of life as well. I want to assure you that, in the hands of a skilled and artistic cosmetic dentist, dentures can look just as beautiful as natural teeth.
When your dentist told you the dental implants were like having your natural teeth back, he wasn’t referring to their appearance, though they can be remarkably beautiful. He was referring to their implanted, prosthetic root. The implants go into your jawbone just like the roots of your teeth are, making them stable and strong.
Dentures are held in by suction at the top arch and sit on the ridge of your bottom arch. You haven’t mentioned your age, but if your very young, you may want to look into options for affordable dental implants. Dentures when your older are not as catastrophic as when you’re younger. Once your teeth are removed, the minerals in your jawbone are redistributed. After ten or so years, your jawbone will be so shrunken it won’t be able to support your denture. This is known as facial collapse.
Even if you do have to have dentures, don’t despair. You can start with dentures and slowly add implants as your able.
Who Should Place Your Dentures?
When it comes to getting beautiful dentures choosing who does them is important. You want a dentist with an artistic eye as well as technical skill. Check with the mynewsmile.com website to see who they recommend in your area. They do all the legwork for you so you don’t have to guess who’s safe to prepare your dentures.
They check both their technical proficiency as well as their artistic prowess. They have to understand how shape and color work together to form the character of your smile. If you’ve ever wanted to change an aspect of your smile, now is your chance. I haven’t seen your smile and am not saying anything is wrong with its appearance. I just know, as a cosmetic dentist, that the majority of Americans have at least some aspect of their teeth they’d like to change.
We might as well make lemonade with the lemons. You can create a gorgeous new smile for yourself with this opportunity to change anything you’d like.
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