Cosmetic Dentures and their Newfound Popularity

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Cosmetic Dentures and their Newfound Popularity

Cosmetic dentures can be seen everywhere – or can they? Sure they can, but they look so much like your real teeth, you probably can’t tell they are dentures. Did you ever notice someone who is a little older looking considerably younger? They may be recipients of cosmetic dentures.

Cosmetic dentures can be complete, immediate, upper only, lower only, overdentures, implant supported, or partials. Which variety of denture you get depends on the shape of your remaining teeth, evidence of gum disease or tooth decay that can’t be controlled.

What Is the Difference Between Cosmetic and Traditional Dentures?

Everyone recognizes the traditional denture. The people wearing them sometimes have trouble saying certain words or making particular sounds. Sometime the dentures slip and there are foods they can’t eat because of their dentures. Traditional dentures sit on top of your gums. They don’t stimulate the underlying bone and the bone begins to deteriorate, much like the bone density lost due to lack of exercise. They also cause uneven pressure on your jaw which can cause discomfort to the wearer.

Cosmetic dentures on the other hand correct problems that traditional dentures can’t fix. The teeth can also be made of different materials, porcelain or acrylic, depending on the type of denture and the location of the teeth. Bone grafting and/or implants can help them fit better and make them more comfortable. Your cosmetic dentist can shape them to make your teeth look more natural. If you are in Hilliard, Ohio you can call Mark Levy, DDS at (614) 777-7350 to discuss the differences and see what might work for you.

What Facial Problems Can Cosmetic Dentures Correct?

People don’t realize the interrelationship between their tooth structure and the way their face appears. When you wear traditional dentures, your bony ridge diminishes due to lack of stimulation. Eventually the dentures can move deeper into your mouth due to the reduction of bone. When your dentures sink the corners of your mouth form wrinkles and deep folds. Since you are closing your mouth at a greater distance you may develop an “under bite”, where your lower jaw closes under your upper jaw. You could also develop Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) because your jaw joints aren’t working properly.

What Do These Dentures Do to Correct These Problems?

The first way that cosmetic dentures can help these problems is to add more base material. This base material can be colored to match your skin color or ethnic characteristics. The area around the lips is filled out. This causes your lips to curve upward rather than downward. They are also designed to open the mouth. This will improve the bite and reduce the possibility of TMJ symptoms. It also decreases the facial folds in the skin around your mouth.

Once all of these issues are taken into account, once you receive your new dentures you will see a new you. Your mouth curves the way it’s supposed to. Your beautiful new teeth are all visible again. Your lip no longer hangs down in front making it look like you are permanently frowning. With your mouth filled out like it was when you had teeth, you look amazingly healthier and younger simply by attending to your teeth. But what about the teeth?  So far all you know about is the base of the denture.

Choosing the Teeth for Your Cosmetic Dentures

One of the most important tasks to be completed is to pick your teeth. The teeth for cosmetic dentures can be made from porcelain or acrylic. Both look natural and can be made to match the shade of your existing teeth if this is a partial denture. There are differences between the two.

Porcelain teeth are much stronger and take more time to wear down. The down side of this is that they are noisier when chewing and can also develop stains where the tooth meets the denture. They can also wear down the natural teeth so they are generally not placed where they will be in a chewing position against natural teeth, such as a molar. Acrylic teeth are softer. They don’t have the staining problem that porcelain teeth do, but since they aren’t as strong they wear down faster.

With cosmetic dentures, the teeth are placed where they were originally. This can be accomplished due to the material used to create them and because of the way they are designed to fit your mouth. This is a huge advantage over traditional dentures. The denture base material stimulates the gums, which makes them healthier.

To be more precise, cosmetic dentures can be made using Neuromuscular Dentistry which utilizes computer generated information about aspects of your mouth and these are used to make your dentures with the specific measurements needed to create the best dentures for you.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentures, contact Mark Levy, DDS at (614) 777-7350 for an evaluation.