Dentures are one of the most reliable and effective methods for replacing lost teeth. Since tooth loss has far-reaching effects on a patient’s health and appearance, wearing dentures helps improve oral function and self-confidence. For centuries, variations of materials have been used to replace teeth by creating prosthetics that rest on the gums as modern dentures do. Fortunately, advancements in prosthetic making techniques have greatly improved the function and appearance of today’s dentures. Our dentists offer full and partial dentures to accommodate the varying needs of people in our community.
Why Replacing Lost Teeth Improves Health and Quality of Life
Living with missing teeth is incredibly taxing. Eating food without teeth is arduous and in many cases, patients’ diets suffer because their diet becomes limited. Even if you still have some teeth, you still need to replace lost teeth so that your existing teeth are supported. With time, after losing teeth, you are more vulnerable to further tooth loss because teeth can collapse into empty tooth sockets.
On top of impaired oral function and the risk of more tooth loss, patients’ mental health suffers. Edentulous patients tend to live isolated lives because they fear social situations due to diminished self-image. Some patients may develop depression as well.
An Overview of Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures replace the biting structures (crowns) of teeth. They are created for the individual in dental laboratories based on exact specifications. Since dentures are custom made, they will fit properly over the gums. Full dentures replace an arch of teeth in either the upper or lower jaw whereas partial dentures only replace some lost teeth. A full denture sits on top of the gums and is held in place by the shape of the jawbone. Partial dentures, on the other hand, have metal appliances that attach to existing teeth. Both types of dentures improve oral function and restore appearance.
To schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our experienced team of dentists, call our practice at your convenience.