If you have lost some or all of your teeth due to injury or oral health problems, dentures may be the answer for you. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can improve your confidence, wellbeing, and your health. At Innovative Dental By Dr. A in Philadelphia, PA, we offer a number of different denture options based upon the individual’s needs. Whether you need partial dentures to replace just a few teeth, a full set of removable dentures, or implant-supported dentures, we’ve got you covered. If you are missing teeth, we invite you to call us today to learn more about dentures.
What causes tooth loss?
There are several common reasons for losing permanent teeth. Here are the three most common:
- Advanced decay / Dead tooth – When teeth are not cleaned regularly and properly, naturally occurring bacteria will turn the sugars into acid. Eventually, this acid will erode the tooth enamel, creating holes. If this is not treated, the tooth can die.
- Gum disease – Bacteria build up can also lead to gum inflammation. Eventually, the gum tissue will begin to pull away from the bone, loosening teeth and exposing the root. Eventually this can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss.
- Accidents – Injury to the mouth, often during sports, can lead to tooth loss and can also damage the gum tissue and jawbone.
Why would someone need to get dentures?
Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that replace missing teeth. When permanent teeth are lost, it can affect your overall health, appearance, and confidence.
- Overall health – When you lose teeth, it disrupts the stimulation of the jawbone by the tooth root. This causes the jawbone to start shrinking and the gum to pull away. Eventually, this process will weaken neighboring teeth until they start shifting out of place or falling out.
- Appearance – As the jawbone is reduced, facial muscles in the cheeks will begin to weaken, appearing hollow and saggy. The result is a much older appearance.
- Confidence – When you combine the gaps in the smile, the changes in the gum line, and the older appearance, many patients notice a sharp decline in confidence with missing teeth.
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The different types of dentures
When it comes to dentures, patients can choose from three options: Full, partial, and implant-supported. The following explains the differences between these options.
Full or complete dentures replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth and are held in place with suction or dental adhesive. Full dentures are made of a flexible material that allows for proper suction. Over time, the fit of full dentures may change due to jawbone degeneration. It’s important to maintain routine visits to the dentist to monitor the fit of your full dentures.
Partial dentures are used when patients are only missing a few teeth. Because they are supported by healthy neighboring teeth along with the gums, partial dentures fit more securely than full dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are the closest replacement option to natural teeth. The prosthetic is made from an acrylic base and snaps over implant posts that have been placed directly into the jawbone. With implant dentures, you do not have to worry about your prosthetic slipping out place. Additionally, the implant post stimulates the jawbone, which prevents bone atrophy.
The process for getting dentures
The process for receiving dentures varies, depending on the individual and which type of restoration is being used. During the consultation process, we will discuss your options and help you pick dentures that fit your budget and lifestyle. Next, if any teeth require extraction, they will be removed, and impressions and measurements are taken. Patients can be fitted for temporary dentures while waiting for the custom fabricated final restoration. The last step is returning to the office to have your brand-new dentures adjusted by the dentist.
Losing permanent teeth doesn’t have to be the end of the world. With diverse options for dentures, you can enjoy a happy, healthy life with a brand-new smile. If you are missing teeth and would like help determining which dentures option is right for you, call us at (215) 624-1935.