People can experience tooth loss for many reasons, and at any age. Sometimes people lose teeth through trauma, such as accidents and injuries, and sometimes tooth loss can happen because of advanced tooth decay, gum disease or other dental problems.
What are dentures?
Dentures are essentially artificial replacements for natural teeth, designed to look and act as much like the real thing as possible.
There are a variety of different types of denture, but all are removable replacements for missing teeth. Full dentures are when the dentures replace all of your teeth, while partial dentures are used to replace just a few teeth. Dentures may be made of a metal framework supporting natural looking teeth, or they may be entirely produced from plastic or acrylic. Depending on how many teeth are missing, the dentures can rest on the underlying gum or be partly or wholly supported by teeth. Another type of denture can be supported by dental implants, but is still removable.
What are the benefits of dentures?
One of the main benefits of dentures is that they are made in the laboratory, making the process very easy for the patient as any alterations can easily be made at any stage. Another benefit is that dentures are removable and non-invasive so there is less risk involved than in other treatments. They’re also completely pain-free and, because full dentures and partial dentures are possible, there are options, whether you’re missing some, or all, of your teeth. Finally, modern dentures look very natural and are easy and comfortable to wear, making them a good solution for most people.
What can go wrong with dentures?
There are very few risks when it comes to having dentures fitted. It’s generally considered a safe and painless way to replace teeth. However, as dentures are made to exactly match your mouth and are unique to you, some people might feel initial discomfort when they start to wear them. This should eventually wear off after you get used to the sensation; but, if this feeling persists, you should seek advice from your dentist.
It’s possible to make a claim for compensation if you have been neglected by your dentist throughout the process of receiving dentures. In some cases, you may have been fitted with dentures which are an incorrect size, despite paying a significant amount of money for them. Ill-fitting dentures can lead to a number of additional problems, including periodontitis (gum disease). Additionally, if you have been caused injury or harm in any way as a result of your dentist’s treatment, the Dental Law Partnership will be able to advise as to whether you’re entitled to compensation.
If you think you have been caused unnecessary harm by your dentist involving dentures or any other type of cosmetic dentistry, you could potentially make a claim for compensation.