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 Teeth
Losing your teeth has several significant effects on your life.
It becomes more challenging to bite and chew.
Your digestion and nutrition suffer.
You may develop a lisp or other difficulties speaking.
Your smile suffers, and your confidence plummets.
Your jawbone begins to change shape. If you have healthy teeth remaining in the arch, they begin to shift out alignment.
Significant tooth loss can lead to changes in your facial appearance. Skin begins to sag, your lips and cheeks sink in, and wrinkles begin to develop. All of these issues can age you significantly.
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 Teeth
If 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 Dentures
Dentures provide numerous benefits, including:
Restoring your abilities to bite, chew, and speak.
Your facial features are filled out, restoring a more youthful appearance to your face.
Your smile is restored, which can also help to significantly increase your confidence.
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.