Think Dentures are Your Only Option? Think Again

You’re retired empty nesters. You’re excited for this new chapter in life where you can truly relax, not be confined to a schedule. You’re free to do whatever you want, like travel, whenever you want (as long as you have permission from the spouse). Now, you can pursue that hobby or passion you’ve always dreamed of, but haven’t had the time to. You see these Golden Years as being the best years of your life.


The new flexible schedule also allows you to spend more time with your family, particularly your grandchildren.


However, you have an active lifestyle. You have too many plans for this wonderful time in your life to just sit around and waste it. You vow to be an active grandparent.


Reality, however, quelches your excitement and anticipation, when you eat.


Over a lifetime of use, your once perfect smile has become riddled with gaps from missing teeth. The missing teeth are noticeable as it is slightly uncomfortable to eat certain foods. You’re also reminded of how bad your smile now looks. You’re self-consciousness about smiling comes back once again.


How can you live and truly enjoy the active, happy Golden Years that you envision for yourself if you can’t smile and show your joy to others?


Dentures are probably the first solution that comes to your mind. However, the thought of dentures make you cringe.


“Those are for old people in nursing homes” you think. You may be technically a senior because of your age, but you refuse to be confined to live and act like your age. After all, age is relative and for you, you’re only as old as you live and act.


Dentures, you think will theoretically age you and put a limit on your free, active lifestyle because of their messiness and hassle.


Fortunately, you can relax. There are alternatives to dentures.


Depending on the condition of your gums, jaw and remaining teeth, you can potentially avoid dentures and be a candidate for denture alternatives such as partial dentures and dental implants.


Partial Dentures


While partial dentures are dentures, they are drastically different from the traditional full dentures you may likely think of. Partial dentures can be permanent, anchored in place by dental implants. Permanent partial dentures don’t need to come out for cleaning or eating and look, feel and function like your natural teeth. With permanent partial dentures, you can eat in confidence knowing that you won’t experience any embarrassing mishaps. The embarrassing gaps in your smile will be gone and you can once again show the world your youthful, beautiful smile.


Candidates for permanent partial dentures have some or most of their natural teeth remaining and the remaining teeth are healthy. One’s gums and jaw bones also need to be healthy, strong and dense for the implants to be inserted.


Dental Implants


If you’re fortunate enough to have most of your natural teeth remaining save for a few missing teeth here and there, you may be a good candidate for dental implants.


Dental implants are permanent smile restorations for single missing teeth. They are composed of a titanium implant that is inserted into the jaw bone where the missing tooth is. A ceramic, tooth-like crown is then placed on top of the implant.


If there is a series of a couple teeth in a row missing, a dental bridge, anchored by two dental implants may be used.


Dental implants are the best solution for dental patients with only a few missing teeth and who have enough healthy bone density and health in the jaws.


The biggest reason dental patients may shy away from smile restoration procedures is the cost. Permanent dentures and implants will cost more than removable, traditional dentures.


Some dental insurance plans, however, cover dental implant procedures. Check to see if yours does before scheduling an appointment. If it does, and you’re a candidate for dental implants, don’t hesitate to contact us to set up an appointment. Our dentists will go over all the smile restoration options with you and help you decide which option will best fit your active lifestyle so you can fully enjoy your hard-earned Golden Years.