Your teeth have many important jobs. Losing your teeth affects every function of your teeth, and can have a significant impact on your quality of life. However, how do you lose teeth in the first place? Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons. The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Advanced stages lead to a weak jawbone, which compromises the stability of your teeth. You can lose teeth as a result of facial trauma, such as a fall, a sports injury, or an automobile accident. Severe tooth decay can lead to tooth loss, as can bruxism. When you lose your teeth, replacing those teeth is essential for giving you your life back. Boones Landing Dental Center can replace missing teeth with dentures.
Effects of Losing TeethLosing your teeth has several significant effects on your life.
What are Dentures?Dentures, also called full dentures, are a common treatment used for replacing an entire arch of teeth. They have been used for hundreds of years to restore the functions of your teeth. The dentures that we use today are nothing like the first sets of dentures. Modern-day dentures use materials that produce a more realistic appearance and are significantly less bulky.
Modern dentures use a gum colored acrylic base to hold acrylic resin teeth. They are made from impressions of your mouth, which aid in providing a proper, natural fit. The base of the denture is made to sit directly on your gums, which provide support for your restoration.
Replacing Sections of Missing TeethIf you are missing a larger section of teeth, but still have healthy teeth remaining in your jaw, your missing teeth can be replaced with a partial denture. After all, if you still have healthy teeth, there is no need to extract them. Much like a full denture, a partial denture is made from an impression of your mouth. The denture itself consists of a gum colored acrylic base with acrylic resin teeth to replace your missing teeth. This restoration also has metal clasps that attach the denture to your healthy teeth, providing additional support.
Am I a Candidate for Dentures?If you have lost a significant number of teeth or an entire arch, dentures can help. They can be used to replace teeth in your upper jaw, your lower jaw, or both. Dentures can provide tooth replacement if you cannot afford dental implants. They can also be used if you have already lost teeth and are at risk of losing more.
Benefits of DenturesDentures provide numerous benefits, including:
If you are missing several teeth, or even an entire arch, dentures or partial dentures can help. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Boones Landing Dental Center at (503) 601-0610 today.