If you have lost one or more teeth, it’s important to replace them. This is about more than just cosmetics, though having visibly missing teeth is probably the most important cosmetic issue people will notice about your smile. Replacing missing teeth can help protect your oral and general health by bracing remaining teeth and allowing you to eat a wider variety of foods so you get better nutrition.
Partial dentures are used when you have lost only part of your upper or lower teeth, referred to as your arches. These dentures consist of one or a few false teeth that rest atop your gums and are secured by a combination of suction and hooks or clasps that go over your natural teeth.
Full dentures are used to replace a complete arch of teeth. A lower denture will fit over the ridge of your gums with a large open area for your tongue. An upper denture fits over the ridge of your gums, but has a full plate that goes along your upper palate, creating suction that helps keep your dentures in place.
Implant Secured Dentures
This type of denture doesn’t just sit on your gums, it is secured to your jawbone by dental implants. These dental implants not only hold your dentures in place so they are better for chewing and won’t slip or click when you talk, they also stimulate your jawbone to help you retain more bone there that your body might otherwise feel is not necessary.
Benefits of Dentures
If you have one or more missing teeth, dentures offer many benefits over leaving a gap in your smile:
- More attractive appearance will give you greater confidence and higher quality of life
- Helps protect remaining teeth from drifting and damage
- Improves your ability to eat more foods for better nutrition and health
In addition, dentures are typically a less expensive tooth replacement option than the alternatives, though they may need replacement more often, making the long-term cost closer than the immediate cost.
If you are considering dentures but think you might want an alternative treatment, consider a dental bridge or dental implants.
Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by creating a restoration that has a replacement tooth with a dental crown on either side. These dental crowns are placed over your existing teeth on either side of the tooth gap, giving you a fixed restoration that can last ten years or more. We can create dental bridges during a single visit using our CEREC system.
Dental implants replace one or more missing teeth by placing artificial tooth roots made of titanium in your jawbone. These will firmly anchor your replacement teeth so they look and function just like natural teeth and can last 30 years or more.