Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Do you have unsightly gaps in your mouth from tooth loss? If so, our denturist is pleased to offer full and partial dentures for patients who have one or more missing permanent teeth. It’s important to replace lost teeth, for several reasons.
Neglecting to do so not only impact your looks but also cause facial muscles to sag, resulting in an aged appearance. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift into the space left behind and cause bite issues to develop and even make daily oral hygiene care difficult. They can also impact speech by making enunciation difficult. Even eating can become problematic if you can’t chew healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, leaving you vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies. And finally, gaps in your smile can leave you feeling self-conscious and less confident in social and work relationships.
If you are faced with missing teeth, you may benefit from an artificial tooth appliance such as full or partial dentures. Depending on the number of teeth that need replacing will determine the size of the denture. A small, removable partial denture replaces one to several teeth in a dental arch while many or all missing teeth along the dental arch would require a full denture.
Removable Partial Dentures
These are held in place with metal clasps on a gum-colored acrylic or resin base. It is easy to add on to these if you lose more teeth. Taking them out means they are easy to thoroughly clean. These are made in our lab using a model of your mouth. Proper fit is vital as it will affect your bite which can affect the remaining teeth. It’s important to make sure your gum tissue is healthy, and the dentures will protect the gums and oral tissues as they keep teeth from drifting. Once you break them in, partial dentures can allow you to eat, speak, and chew comfortably again.
Complete Full Dentures
These are also created using a gum-colored acrylic base that fits comfortably over the top and bottom gum surface. The artificial teeth are attached to this base and may be combined with a dental adhesive for stability in the mouth. These dentures are especially helpful for patients who cannot wear implant-supported dentures. They look natural in the mouth and restore your normal eating habits although you will need to stay away from crunchy, tough, or sticky foods. For deep cleaning, you can remove them after meals or when you retire for the night.
If you are looking to restore your smile’s function, beauty, and health with a natural-looking tooth replacement restoration, our denture team is here to help! We welcome you to reach out to our team to schedule a consultation.