Dentures in Saint Paul, MN
If you’ve been struggling with multiple missing teeth or teeth that have been seriously damaged by decay or trauma, it might be time to start talking about dentures. We recognize that most people don’t want to have this conversation. Dentures are associated with being “old.” You may even feel like you have failed.
Why Do I Need Dentures?
We want you to know a couple things – about 20% of adults over the age of 60 are completely edentulous. Edentulous means that they no longer have any of their own natural teeth. Secondly, periodontal disease is the most common cause of lost teeth in U.S. adults, and approximately half of all Americans over the age of 30 have some form of this disease. While imperfect home hygiene often contributes to periodontal disease, other factors are often involved as well. Periodontal disease appears to have a genetic component. Certain medications can cause dry mouth, which also often leads to periodontal disease. Some women develop periodontal disease while pregnant.
The takeaway from this is that we don’t want you to feel bad or embarrassed if you need dentures. The most important thing is that you come see us so Dr. Schulte can assess your needs and create beautiful, natural-looking dentures that are comfortable to wear and fit you well.
It’s important to replace your teeth for a few reasons. One is, of course, esthetics. We live in a country where appearances matter greatly. For better or for worse, the appearance of our smile is a key factor in each first impression. If your teeth are damaged or missing, you might be missing out on a lot of opportunities that life has to offer.
Teeth are also important when it comes to providing our bodies with the nutrition it needs to stay healthy. Most fresh, nutritious foods require effort to chew, and if you can’t chew comfortably, you might be relying on soft, heavily processed foods, which are often stripped of their nutritional quality.
Designing Dentures with You in Mind
One of the biggest concerns people have about getting dentures is that people will be able to tell the difference. Fortunately, today’s modern dentures are designed to look incredibly natural. The shape and shade of the dentures will complement your facial structure and skin tone. Each tooth will be set individually to allow for the variation that occurs naturally, avoiding the “overly perfect” appearance that often makes dentures stand out.
Are you concerned about your dentures fitting securely? Dentures often rely on suction for a snug fit. While this is usually adequate for the upper plate, the lower plate can come loose much more easily. We can solve this problem by securing your dentures with a few strategically placed dental implants. The implants are fitted with a snap that allows your dentures to lock into place so you don’t have to worry about slips or other mishaps. Plus, you gain the long-term oral health benefits that come with dental implants.
Call to Schedule an Evaluation in the 55116 Area
If you’d like to learn more about dentures and other tooth replacement options, please give us a call. St. Paul dentist Dr. Nick Schulte will examine your mouth and provide his recommendations to help you reach your goals.