Tooth loss can happen for a variety of reasons including trauma, tooth decay, and gum disease. Some form of prosthesis to replace missing teeth often becomes necessary because when a tooth (or teeth) is lost, the remaining teeth may begin to drift, resulting in chewing difficulties, bite problems, and pain or even further tooth loss. Wearing a prosthesis also provides support for the lips and cheeks and prevents the collapsed appearance and speech difficulties that result from the loss of teeth.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums created by dentists to replace lost natural teeth. They are removable and designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and gums. In years past, dentures were made out of porcelain or plastic, but most are now made of hard resin. Dentures are not as durable as natural teeth and can easily chip or crack if not taken care of and also need to be replaced about every 5 years. Dentures not only improve your smile but make it possible to eat foods that require chewing and are an excellent tooth replacement option for those who are experiencing serious pain and oral health issues. There are two types of dentures:
- Partial dentures are often used when the surrounding natural teeth are not strong enough to support a dental bridge or when multiple teeth are missing. They are fitted to the section of the gum line that they will sit on and fasten to surrounding natural teeth to keep them from falling out of place. Partial dentures are not permanent and can be easily removed for cleaning and while sleeping.
- Full dentures replace all of your natural teeth and are held in place with the help of an oral adhesive and suction. They can be fitted for your top or bottom gum and are easily removable.
If you have missing teeth and think that dentures may work for you, please give us a call at the office of Paul D. Nifong, Jr., DDS today.