Dentures have long been the traditional solution for tooth loss. At Davis Dental Practice, we offer several different types of dentures to suit your specific needs, giving you back your smile.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that are used to restore your quality of life after tooth loss. They are created from molds that are taken from your mouth and are supported by your gums. They are designed to look and act just like natural teeth, except that you take them out each night. This step is crucial for proper cleaning, care, and your oral health. You might be more familiar with dentures used to replace an entire bridge of missing teeth, but we also offer partial dentures as well as the latest option for tooth loss, dental implants.
Why Do You Need Dentures?
When you lose your teeth, a few things happen. For one, your appearance is impacted. Losing your teeth is often associated with age, and your missing teeth can leave the impression that you are older than you really are. You may even become embarrassed by your teeth, and therefore stop smiling, not wanting anyone to know. And when your self-confidence is affected, you just don’t feel like yourself.
Tooth loss affects some of your most basic functions. Things that were once easy—eating and speaking—have become significantly more challenging. This can affect your overall health, as you aren’t eating or digesting properly.
Another reason for dentures, particularly partials, is that having empty spaces between your healthy teeth leaves room for those teeth to shift. This is because your jawbone begins to weaken and change shape. When this happens, you may start to notice a change in the way your teeth fit together, which can ultimately lead to uneven wear on your teeth or jaw pain. Large empty spaces also provide places for food to be lodged, aiding the growth of bacteria that can lead to gum disease.
Full dentures are used to replace an entire bridge of missing teeth. Molds are taken of your mouth which are sent off to a lab to create your custom dentures.
Partial dentures are created to replace large sections of missing teeth. These dentures allow your healthy, natural teeth to stay in place, saving you from the discomfort associated with extraction. Partial dentures sit in the empty spaces, supported by your gums, and secured in place by clasps attached to adjacent teeth. The process of getting these dentures, as well as their care, is fairly similar to that of full dentures.
The latest option for tooth loss is dental implants, which support a permanent denture. Implants involve placing a custom denture into your jaw, which then fuses with the bone. Implants provide a permanent solution that also stops the bone loss associated with tooth loss.
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If you have suffered tooth loss, contact the Davis Dental Practice office today to discuss your options!