Tooth loss can happen during any stage of life. As children, we may not mind being toothless, but it can be a different experience as adults. Missing teeth may cause discomfort as the ability to chew food and speak properly is impaired. Missing teeth can also affect a person’s self-esteem and facial appearance.
Adult tooth loss can be caused by many factors including trauma, tooth decay, gum disease, and genetics. Luckily, dentures provide an easy and affordable solution to regain a complete smile quickly and comfortably.
What are Dentures?
Dentures and partial dentures (sometimes incorrectly referred to as “bridges”) are devices used to replace missing teeth. When a person is missing all natural teeth, full dentures can be used. Meanwhile, partial dentures help replace missing teeth when some teeth are still present in the mouth. Dentures are custom-made for each patient, and a dentist can help you decide the type of dentures that will suit you the best.
Full (Complete) Dentures
Sometimes, all remaining teeth of a patient may need to be removed from both the upper and lower arches of the mouth because of certain dental conditions such as gum disease and extensive tooth decay. For such patients, full (complete) dentures provide an efficient and economical way to restore the smile and some of the function of their mouth.
Complete or full dentures consist of a gum-colored pink acrylic base adapted to the gum tissues. Replacement teeth are then fixed into the base, giving the appearance of a complete set of teeth. The teeth are customized and will provide you with a natural look. Modern technology provides various options to make dentures fit well and improve the way you look. For example, modern dentures can be attached more securely through dental implants placed in the jaw. Dentures that are supported by dental implants improve the fit of the denture and increase the ability for a patient to chew .
Smiling and chewing can become problematic when there are gaps in your mouth due to some missing teeth. Partial dentures (sometimes incorrectly called “bridges”) offer an economical way to replace those missing teeth, fill in the voids, improve chewing ability and give back your confidence to smile. Most partial dentures consist of a thin metal or acrylic framework as a base created with small metal clasps that rest on some of the remaining teeth for support. This makes partial dentures a reliable, secure appliance that is easy to insert and remove..
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