When we lose teeth in adulthood, it is devastating to our confidence and has severe ramifications on our oral health. Unlike childhood, where a missing tooth is celebrated, adult tooth loss is actually traumatic for many patients. It isn’t until our teeth are gone that we realize how much we rely on them for comfortable and smooth oral function. Because tooth loss has such profound effects on daily life, our team at Beautiful Dentistry is committed to helping patients regain oral function and restore their confidence. Dentures are a popular method for addressing the loss of teeth. This is because they are often ideal for patients with gum disease, bone atrophy, and those with a limited budget. Our practice offers partial and full dentures – both of which help improve the aesthetics of a smile and one’s ability to chew food.
Full dentures address total tooth loss in the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures are ideal for patients who have failing teeth, full tooth loss, or those who will require extractions of their teeth due to disease. The materials used to construct dentures mimic the appearance of biological teeth and gums. Porcelain is used for its tooth-like appearance, while pink-tinted acrylics are used to simulate gum tissue.
These prosthetics are supported by the arch of the jaw and are removable. People who wear dentures will remove them for cleaning and overnight soaking to keep their acrylic structure moist. After receiving dentures, it will take a couple weeks to get used to their feel and texture. Once patients become accustomed to dentures, however, they will enjoy renewed confidence to eat and smile.
Partial dentures are removable prosthetics that can replace missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. These dentures utilize metal clasps so that they are held in place. The reason clasps are used to hold these prosthetic teeth in place is that, unlike complete dentures, partials address the loss of just some teeth, not all; and therefore the arched shape of the jawbone cannot support them.
Both complete and partial dentures are custom made by technicians in dental laboratories. Each denture is designed to fit the specific shape and size of a person’s mouth. Since they are custom made, dentures can appear very lifelike.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, call Beautiful Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heap.