There are several reasons why many people at some point in their lives might need dentures. The most common cause is diseased gums (periodontal disease), which gradually - if untreated - will make the teeth loosen and eventually fall out. Tooth decay is another common cause of tooth loss resulting in a need for dentures. In most cases a decayed tooth can be successfully treated with a filling. However, if the decay is serious enough to have affected the nerve, or if fillings have already been replaced a number of times, leaving only very little natural tooth substance remaining, the tooth might eventually be lost. Accidents are another reason that may occur to people at any age or situation in life.
Alternatives to dentures
When it comes to replacing teeth, there are many alternatives that you might choose between. These include bridges, implants and dentures. Others do not feel that it is necessary to replace the lost tooth at all. There are, however, good reasons to consider a replacement that suits your needs. Under what circumstances might dentures be the best alternative?
Advantages of dentures
Dentures have their advantages. The foremost advantage of dentures is the price. Compared to alternatives such as implants and bridges, dentures are a cheaper solution. Some might mistakenly think that dentures require less care and oral hygiene than other solutions, because only very few or perhaps no teeth at all are left in the mouth. This is not true, however. You can read more about oral hygiene and dentures by following the links below: