Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons, including gum disease and trauma. While tooth loss is a symptom of poor oral health, it doesn’t have to cause embarrassment or discomfort. Thanks to modern dentistry techniques, there are many options for replacing missing teeth. Dental prosthetics like dentures allow patients to keep their smiles bright, healthy, and complete.
A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Holding a set of custom-fit false teeth is actually more comfortable and natural-looking than you might think! That’s because Dr. James Cantua uses advanced techniques to ensure that your new teeth are fitted perfectly to your existing bite. This means that your jawbone will grow accustomed to the new pressure points, so your dentures will fit your mouth just like natural teeth. Plus, because they’re custom-made from high-quality materials, your new teeth won’t damage existing tooth enamel as traditional metal dentures can.
There are two types of dentures, partial and full. Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. The difference between full and partial dentures is the number of teeth that need to be replaced as well as how they are attached. With full dentures, an acrylic gum-colored base fits on top of the gums. A full set of prosthetic teeth are then placed on the base to replace the natural teeth. The denture is held in place with natural suction or adhesive.
Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame which is affixed to the healthy teeth using metal clasps. This holds the false teeth in place during chewing and other activities. Both types of dentures require regular cleaning and adjustment. The patient should visit the dentist for a thorough examination and cleaning every three to six months to ensure the best fit and function.
If you’re considering tooth replacement options, here are some of the ways dentures can change your life for the better.
A full set of teeth provides more support to your cheeks and lips, helping to plump up and shape them in a way that’s youthful and attractive. When you wear dentures, the appliance helps fill out your facial structure and gives you a younger appearance. You don’t have to worry about sunken cheeks or folds in your chin when wearing dentures.
When compared to some other tooth replacement options, dentures are a much more affordable option. Depending on the number of implants you need, treatment can be quite expensive. By contrast, dentures have a much more reasonable cost for most patients. The materials used to fabricate dentures are also much more affordable.
Missing teeth can cause social anxiety in many situations. You might feel embarrassed when you speak around others or when you’re in front of people you know well. Wearing dentures can help you feel more confident in social and professional settings. With a full smile, you can talk freely without worrying about your teeth shifting out of place or falling out.
Other tooth replacement options, such as bridges, require special care and attention, but thanks to their removable nature, dentures are much more convenient. You can take them out at night to clean the appliance and put them back into your mouth in the morning.
Get high-quality dentures at Dental Nook from our expert dental team led by Dr. James Cantua, a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. For more information and appointments, call us at (719) 235-5885, book online, or visit the Dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, at 13492 Bass Pro Dr Ste 110, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.