As your trusted restorative dentist, we know tooth loss is nothing unusual. In fact, estimates say that most people will be missing at least one pearly white once they reach the age of 35. Finding an effective replacement is of the utmost importance -- especially in the case of substantial tooth loss. And fortunately, full and partial dentures can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. Keep reading to learn more about how!
A full or complete denture replaces an entire row of teeth in the upper and/or lower jaws. It is recommended when all the teeth have been lost or cannot be salvaged. A complete denture is held in place with natural suction and with the help of a denture adhesive as needed for additional security.
Just like the name suggests, a partial denture takes the place of several missing teeth when some healthy ones still remain in the gum line. It can be fixed or removable. Removable partials fit in with your remaining teeth like a missing puzzle piece, held in place with sturdy brackets affixed to the surrounding crowns.
With proper maintenance, your denture should function properly for five to seven years before replacement is required. This occurs due to natural wear and tear and changes in the jawbone that occur over time due to tooth loss. Taking excellent care of your denture will ensure that your prosthetic lasts for as long as possible.
Some denture maintenance tips for a removable, traditional denture include:
While traditional dentures can do a wonderful job replacing missing teeth, patients who are eligible for dental implants should strongly consider this option. Dental implant posts provide a sturdier foundation for the prosthetic while also promoting better oral and overall health. Traditional dentures rest on the gums, while dental implants offer a replacement tooth root for the maximum in stability.
Candidates for dental implants are patients whose tooth loss is recent and who are in good oral and overall health. Discuss your candidacy for dental implants with the team at Brookwood Dental!
If you are interested in learning more about your options in tooth replacement, including full or partial dentures and/or dental implants, we invite you to request an appointment with the Brookwood Dental Associates today. We can’t wait to help you enjoy all the benefits of a complete smile once again!