When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dentures are custom-made appliances that award patients with a set of fully functioning teeth. While fit is a common concern, modern day dentures are more comfortable than ever, due to better materials and technological advancements in dental care treatments.
There are several reasons for tooth loss, including periodontal (gum) disease, trauma, and tooth decay. While a few missing teeth may not seem like a big deal, the long term consequences are serious. When a tooth is not present to fill a space, the tooth next to it shifts out of its proper place. Some teeth may sag inward or begin to turn. Because teeth provide shape to an individual’s face, the result is that cheeks take on a sunken look. While this is happening, the jaw begins to lose bone density, because the roots of teeth are not present to stimulate additional bone tissue.
When patients wear dentures, they may smile with confidence, eat and speak normally, and maintain a youthful appearance with cheeks that are shaped and defined. With options such as full (complete) dentures and partial dentures, there is a suitable design that will work for you.
Often called a “bridge,” a partial denture contains replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base. Used to replace one or more natural teeth, partial dentures may be fixed or removable. The benefits of partial dentures are:
- Speaking and eating is easier
- Cheeks and soft tissues are supported (youthful appearance)
- The “bite” is preserved
- Less stress on natural teeth and jaws
- Oral hygiene is easier
Typically, removable partial dentures have a clasp that attaches to a few natural teeth, holding the denture in place. In some cases, crowns or “caps” may be recommended for a better fit and stability. As its name implies, a fixed partial denture does not need to be removed. It is cemented or bonded into place. Fewer adjustments are needed with fixed partial dentures, and there is less irritation noted.
Equipped with the latest technology for designing and fabricating denture solutions, Greencastle Dental raises the standard of care when it comes to replacing missing teeth. You can rest assured—we are committed to helping you determine the best option for you, one that will restore confidence and function for many years to come.
At Greencastle Dental, we look forward to customizing a denture solution for you. Contact us to schedule your consultation today.