Dentures and Partials
Tooth loss is very prevalent in America. It is estimated that 3 out of every 4 people is missing at least one tooth, with one out of five people missing all of their teeth.
When you are missing multiple teeth, your situation can start to feel hopeless; however, you should know that there are excellent solutions for restoring even an entire arch of missing teeth, and Ocean Smiles can help!
What Is a Denture?
A full denture is a removable appliance that takes the place of a full arch of missing teeth. It fits snugly and relies on suction, or sometimes an adhesive, to stay in place.
Today’s dentures are designed with your skin tone and facial structure in mind so they are much more esthetically appealing and fit better than dentures in the past. There is, however, still a learning curve as you get used to talking and eating with your new teeth, and your denture may require some adjusting to ensure a proper fit.
What Is a Partial Denture?
A partial denture is designed to replace multiple missing teeth, while helping the patient retain a large number of their own healthy teeth. A partial anchors to your remaining teeth with metal clasps, and the appliance has prosthetic teeth attached to fill in the open spaces – similar to a puzzle piece.
Dr. Chen customizes your partial so it complements your smile while restoring lost function. Your partial can also be removed, which makes cleaning and caring for it easier.
Partials and dentures can also be supported with dental implants, offering patients a more secure fit than ever before and eliminating any slippage or movement for denture wearers when talking or eating.
A few dental implants are strategically placed into your jawbone, and your denture is designed to “snap” into them. Not only do implants provide a secure fit, they also help to keep your jawbone healthy, which helps you avoid the deterioration that is often associated with dentures. This means your implant-supported denture will provide better longevity.
Which Option Is Right for Me?
Dr. Chen is happy to meet with patients during a consultation to determine which type of prosthetic may best suit your needs, lifestyle, and budget. He will discuss your goals for your smile with you to make the best recommendations for treatment.
If you have found yourself living with more than one missing tooth, the first thing to remember is not to lose hope. Losing your teeth can feel devastating; however, there are solutions, and a call to Ocean Smiles Family Dentistry is the first step to restoring your smile and your confidence.