When a patient loses all of the teeth in their mouth then some sort of set of replicas needs to be installed. The most obvious reason is so that eating can be carried out with ease; chewing is particularly difficult without teeth. Talking is also affected by the absence of teeth and patients find that their cheeks begin to sag inwards and they take on the appearance of someone who is older than they are.
A tried and tested method of replicating the functions of teeth in the mouth is to get a set of dentures fitted by your dentist. These relatively simple devices are basically sets of false teeth mounted on a platform that are worn in the mouth and either secured with fixing gel or held in place through the suction of patients’ gums. They have a somewhat dubious reputation amongst older people and it is an enduring stereotype of dentures that they be associated with slipping from the mouths of the very old at meal times.
Dentures have changed a lot in recent years, in line with general advances in technology that have affected dentistry. They are far more comfortable to wear than they used to be, with many dentures now being fabricated from valplast which massively reduces the amount of friction between the base of the dentures of the bare gums. They are also far more durable than they used to be and patients find that they need replacements with far less frequency, if at all.
Ask your Central Leeds dentist to tell you all about modern, affordable dentures and you might find that your opinion changes and you are able to consider them as a viable solution for the problem of tooth loss.