Losing a tooth can be quite upsetting as it could affect the aesthetics and functionality of the mouth. It can also change the way you bite and chew food. When losing a single tooth would be so troublesome, losing multiple teeth due to causes such as oral trauma, decay, or other oral infections can completely ruin your smile and alter your facial aesthetics significantly. Thanks to prosthetic dentistry, various treatments are now available to replace some or all of the mouth’s missing teeth, one of them being dentures. Dentures are oral prosthetics that are used to restore a large number of missing teeth and are usually made of either composite resin or porcelain and have a gum-colored base that holds the artificial teeth. They replace missing teeth, thus maintaining your bite’s alignment and prevent other teeth from drifting to the missing tooth gap.
Advantages of getting dentures
- By replacing the missing teeth, dentures make a face look fuller. This will help your cheeks and chin regain their ideal shape, making you look much younger.
- Dentures help in restoring the functionality of the mouth.
- As dentures are removable prostheses, they can be taken off and put back on when required. For example, dentures can be cleaned by taking them off and cleaning them using a regular soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Dentures are made from highly durable ceramic and acrylic that won’t wear or break while biting and chewing food.
- Dentures can be customizable as per the requirement of the patient, giving them the perfect fit.
- Partial dentures can be used to restore just a few missing teeth as well.
- Dentures help restore oral aesthetics, as the acrylic mimic the gums and the dental-grade ceramic teeth look like natural ones.
- Loose dentures can easily be re-contoured by a dentist.
- Dentures are the best way to restore multiple teeth, as dental bridges or implants wouldn’t suit this purpose.
Types of dentures
- Partial dentures: Partial dentures are used to restore just a few particular missing teeth. They are the best option when the patient still has a considerable number of teeth intact.
- Complete dentures:Full dentures are used to restore all the teeth in the mouth and are recommended for patients who have lost all their teeth.
How can you get customized dentures?
During your initial consultation, precise digital scans of the mouth will be taken to determine your candidacy for dentures. These impressions also serve as a reference for fabricating the dentures. They will be sent to a dental laboratory, where they will be fabricated in a couple of weeks.
Once dentures are available, the dentist will place them in your mouth and check for fit and comfort.
We would love to work with you in designing a complete or partial denture that satisfies your unique needs. If you are missing teeth and have a hard time chewing, or are embarrassed by your smile, a denture designed by Dr. Palmer may be the treatment for you. Our goal is to keep you smiling for a lifetime!