Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, has restored the smiles of many a patient dealing with missing teeth. There’s no doubt that losing a permanent tooth is upsetting, and can really change both the way you look and the way you are perceived. If you have missing teeth, but you’re not sure the best way to replace them, you are wise to do plenty of research. Each method has their pros and cons, and every person has varying needs. For some, tried-and-true dentures may be the best possible solution.
Dentures Have their Place
You may have known about dentures your entire life. Many of our grandparents or older relatives had the need for bridges or dentures because dental care wasn’t as good when they were growing up. Dentures are custom-made using an impression that will make your new smile fit snugly and securely. Using realistic looking acrylic and porcelain, dentures can be color-tinted to your specifications. For someone who is elderly or cannot withstand oral surgery, dentures are a terrific tooth replacement option.
Dentures: The Downside
Losing even one single tooth can result in deterioration of jawbone density over time. Your body responds to missing tooth roots by halting flow of vitamins and nutrients to your jaw. When calcium and phosphorus are not being applied in their regular doses, your jawbone tissue will literally start to dissolve. Eventually, this will lead to something called facial collapse. When your jawbone depletes, your cheeks sink in and your facial structure becomes older looking. Many people are concerned about these issues when it comes to dentures because even though they replace teeth topically, they don’t replace the root the way a dental implant will. If you are relatively young when you lose one or several teeth, bridges or dentures might not be your ideal solution for this reason.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Lafayette LA Cosmetic Dentist
Dentures can restore your smile to optimal health and beauty. To learn more about our innovative options for tooth replacement, schedule an appointment with your Lafayette LA cosmetic dentist. Dr. Young provides a number of esthetically pleasing options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Contact Dr. Young today by calling (337) 237-6453. Located in the 70508 area, our Lafayette dentist’s office proudly welcomes patients from Lafayette and all surrounding communities.