According to the American College of Prosthodontics, 178 million Americans are missing teeth, and these numbers are on the rise. It’s a lot more common than you’d think. If you are missing teeth, it’s important to realize that this affects more than just your appearance. A missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift and put excessive pressure on your other chompers. Common side effects also include difficulty speaking properly and a crooked or sunken-looking face. But, no need to despair! There are plenty of options available to replace all the missing teeth in your mouth, so let’s talk about some of your options…
If you’re missing a few teeth here and there, a partial denture is the perfect fit for you. These dentures are removable and a great alternative to some of the more invasive options available for replacing missing teeth. They are made out of a pink acrylic base or plastic base (imitating the appearance of gums), a metal framework, and crowns that imitate the appearance of natural teeth. You can place these partial dentures in the roof of your mouth and they leave your remaining teeth feeling supported and your smile looking better than ever.
Full or Complete Dentures
Some signs that you may be in need of full dentures include extreme tooth decay, inflamed gums, and other dental issues that cause significant pain. Dentures replace your teeth in appearance and function. Dentures are specialized to fit each mouth and there are different kinds to choose from. Many people believe that all dentures require adhesive in order to wear, but there are supports available that allow you to wear them without sans adhesive. Adhesives are pastes and powders to help keep the dentures in place.
Implant Retained Dentures
For something a little sturdier, there is the implant-retained denture. Metal dental implants are placed in the jaw bone via surgery and the denture teeth, normally made out of porcelain or acrylic, can be placed onto those implants. Some benefits of implant retained dentures include the fact that they keep the jaw bone engaged, which is good for your oral health and the strength and appearance of your jaw.
It’s important to care for all types of dentures like you would your other teeth. You should brush them every evening and use denture cleaner. When you are first adjusting to them, it’s wise to stick to soft foods or to even try taking out your removable partial dentures when eating chewy or sticky foods. When false teeth are removed, be sure to keep track of them and put them in a safe place.
Dentures are nothing to be ashamed of. They look great and keep you feeling good and looking your best. Ask your dentist about what you can do to replace your missing teeth today!