Once the adult teeth emerge, there are no second chances when it comes to our teeth. Once they fall out, there are no more reserves waiting in the wings. Fortunately, dentistry can provide prosthetic teeth in the form of dentures to improve oral health and quality of life. Below, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, answers your most frequently asked questions about dentures.
Why do dentures sometimes affect speech?
Dentures can cause slurring and mumbling when they do not fit properly in the mouth. If dentures are prone to sliding, the facial muscles must tense in an effort to keep the dentures in place. However, because the facial muscles are tensed, speech becomes indistinct, resulting in mumbling and slurring. Speech problems can be corrected, however, by ensuring a proper fit.
What if I still have some teeth remaining?
In cases in which some natural teeth remain, a partial denture can be worn to protect the natural teeth. A full row of teeth acts as a wall, with the teeth protecting the gums and one another from the assault of bacteria. However, when teeth fall out and a gap begins to form in the wall, bacteria have an easier time accessing the sides of teeth and the gums, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth may also shift into the open space, resulting in further problems. However, a partial denture from your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, can protect teeth and prevent any shifting.
What about dental implants?
Dental implants can provide prosthetic teeth with increased stability because of the presence of the implant’s post in the jawbone. When a dental implant is placed, it fuses with the jawbone and acts as an anchor, providing the prosthetic tooth or teeth with a natural feel and increased stability. Dental implants can also stabilize dentures, preventing embarrassing slips, improving speech, and providing denture wearers with a more natural feel.
Full and Partial Dentures from Your Des Moines Dentist
Are missing teeth causing you difficulties? A full or partial denture can replace your missing teeth and greatly improve your quality of life. Contact your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.