An incomplete smile is an unwanted problem that countless people struggle with every single day. If you are missing two or more teeth, then it might be time to consider partial dentures. These devices will restore the appearance of your smile as well as the function of your teeth. In addition to being extremely durable, dentures are also very easy to care for.
The Truth About Missing Teeth
It is an unfortunate fact that many people never even consider restoring their smile after losing one or more adult teeth. Some feel as if an incomplete smile is nothing more than a minor cosmetic problem, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When a permanent tooth is lost, the nearby teeth will no longer be as stable. All of your teeth support one another, and losing a single tooth could drastically impact your oral health. Untreated tooth loss increases your risk of periodontal disease, chronic jaw pain, and bone loss.
Restoring an Incomplete Smile
Many different devices can be used to replace missing teeth, and our team will go over all of your options before coming up with a treatment plan. As a general rule, partial dentures are used when the nearby teeth can’t support a bridge. Instead of attaching them to the nearby teeth with crowns, the false teeth are held in place with a metal or plastic framework. Dentures take some getting used to, but most patients completely forget that they are there after a few weeks.
Removable and Fixed
Partial dentures can either be permanently attached to the teeth or designed with an acrylic material that simply sits on top of the gums. Fixed dentures are generally made with a stronger metal framework, and the clips can only be removed by a dentist. Removable dentures, on the other hand, can easily be taken out at any time if you would like to clean them.
Benefits of Dentures
There are many different reasons why you should consider restoring your smile as soon as you lose one or more permanent teeth. High-quality dentures will allow you to once again eat all of your favorite foods and snacks. They are also going to restore the appearance of your smile and boost your self-esteem. You won’t have to worry about hiding your smile when taking pictures or laughing. Modern dentures are very durable as well, and you most likely won’t need to replace them for a long time.