Full and partial dentures are the most commonly used prosthetics for restoring a smile affected by tooth loss. These prosthetics are custom made in dental laboratories to fit the unique shape and size of a person’s mouth. Tooth loss is a devastating and traumatic event for many patients and because losing teeth has such profound effects on a person’s life, our team takes a very compassionate and caring approach to helping those suffering with tooth loss regain their oral function and sense of self.
Why Replacing Teeth is Important
While losing teeth may seem like a hopeless situation, there are a number of reasons those with missing teeth should evaluate their tooth replacement options. If you have some biological teeth left, going without dentures or other prosthetics will place excessive force and pressure on the remaining teeth when you eat. Over time, this will cause wear and tear on biological teeth and can even contribute to additional tooth loss. Teeth work together as a cohesive unit to evenly distribute the pressure and force associated with biting and chewing food. Just missing one tooth throws off the oral health system.
In addition to improving oral function with prosthetics, patients missing teeth typically suffer with reduced self-esteem and confidence. In some cases, tooth loss can even lead to depression and social anxiety. It’s not out of the ordinary for a person with an incomplete smile to avoid social situations because he or she is embarrassed by his or her appearance.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures replace the visible surfaces (the crowns) of teeth and rest on top of the gums. They are supported by the arch and curve of the jawbones. Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth while partials only replace the teeth that are missing. Partial dentures also feature snaps that clip onto the back of existing teeth to hold them in place.
Both types of prosthetics complete a smile affected by tooth loss and assist with increasing oral function. Our dentist works with dental laboratories to create custom prosthetic for our patients. For members of our community already wearing dentures, we offer in-house denture repair services as well.
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