Your teeth have a critical role to play in your mouth. Suffering tooth loss can considerably impact all aspects of your oral function. With missing teeth, eating becomes more challenging, causing your nutrition to suffer. Your speech can become jumbled and incoherent. Your smile gets affected, making you feel self-conscious. Missing teeth need to be replaced at the earliest. At Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, we can replace your missing teeth with dentures and partials.
Causes Of Tooth Loss
The chief cause of tooth loss is gum or periodontal disease. When plaque and bacteria accumulations irritate your gums, they cause inflammation. Without treatment, your teeth become loose and fall out. Other reasons for tooth loss include facial trauma, severe tooth decay that cannot be fixed with fillings or crowns, or bruxism, a condition that wears down the enamel structures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are conventional treatments for tooth loss. The most standard dentures are complete dentures that replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Dentures are removable appliances that consist of artificial teeth mounted onto a pink plastic base. Modern dentures use acrylic resin teeth and a gum-colored acrylic base. The latest advancements in dental technology have significantly improved the quality of traditional dentures, making them lighter while simultaneously looking much more natural. The base is designed to sit solely on your gums, which provides your restoration with the support it needs to function efficiently.
Your dentures are constructed from impressions of your mouth. These impressions are captured after any necessary tooth extractions are performed. The impressions are then sent to our dental laboratory, where the dentures are fabricated and made ready for use. Before you leave our office with your new dentures, we check to make sure that they fit correctly, your bite is good, and that they are comfortable. If no adjustments are required, you can start wearing your dentures and get a beautiful, healthy new smile.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. A partial denture restores your smile by filling the gaps in your teeth. Partial dentures look and function the same as your natural teeth. They allow you to speak and eat normally.
Bridges are a good option when a patient is missing one tooth or a few teeth in a row, and the teeth on either side are healthy and free from decay. They must be well cared for in order to last for many years. In addition to brushing twice a day and flossing at least once daily, bridges need to be checked every six months to ensure there is no tooth decay around them.
Are partial dentures a good treatment option?
Partial dentures offer patients several benefits, including the ability to keep remaining teeth in better condition, enhance a patient’s appearance, and improve chewing and speech habits. When teeth are lost, the jawbone in that area of the mouth is no longer stimulated to keep it strong and healthy, so bone deterioration can occur as a result. A denture can help preserve the health of the jaw by providing it with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong. Additionally, since some natural teeth are still in place, a partial denture can reduce the likelihood of other teeth shifting out of position, which is a common problem for patients that wear full dentures. Finally, if patients are only missing a few teeth, rather than an entire arch of teeth, a partial denture can often be more affordable than other options, such as a dental implant-supported restoration.
Replacing Sections with Partial Dentures
If you are missing a portion of teeth, but all of the rest of the teeth in the arch are healthy, you may be recommended a partial denture. They are similar in design to a complete denture and allow for your healthy teeth to remain in their positions, avoiding the need for unnecessary extractions. However, partial dentures do have one other difference, along with only replacing a section of teeth. These dentures have metal clasps that attach to your healthy teeth for additional support.
Benefits of Dentures and Partials
- They reinstate your ability to eat and speak properly
- Your digestion and nutrition are improved
- Your smile and confidence are restored
- Partial dentures help hold your healthy teeth in proper alignment by preventing their movement.
To learn more about our denture options, visit our office, Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, at 11960 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8, Canada. You can also reach us at 778-438-2084 and schedule an appointment.