When all of the teeth in an arch are missing, we may recommend a full denture for replacing them. By replacing missing teeth and providing support for lips and cheeks, full dentures can help solve a variety of problems caused by missing teeth including:
- A compromised appearance
- Difficulty eating and speaking
To determine if dentures are right for you, well perform a thorough exam of you gums and any remaining teeth. The exam typically includes x-rays to check the health of jour jawbone. We’ll also take impressions to create an accurate model of your mouth. The best positions of the center line and lip line will be recorded, so the denture teeth can be placed attractively, and we’ll work with you to select the best color and shape for your new teeth.
There are several types of full dentures, so we’ll talk with you about the best one for your situation. If you are missing all of the upper or lower teeth, dentures can be good way to help you eat more easily, speak clearly, and have a natural-looking smile.
When several teeth are missing, we may recommend a partial denture for replacing them. Partials can prevent a number of dental problems, including:
- Shifting teeth
- Difficulty keeping teeth clean free of plaque and bacteria
- Problems with chewing and eating
- Grinding and clenching
- Problems with the jaw joints
When teeth are missing, neighboring teeth begin to shift, and the opposing teeth begin to extrude out of their sockets. These changes create places around the teeth where plaque and bacteria can quickly accumulate, increasing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Changes in the bite also put chewing forces on the shifted teeth. This can lead to grinding and clenching and painful problems with the jaw joint, the TMJ. In addition, an uneven bite can make it harder to chew and enjoy your food. To determine if partial dentures are right for you, we’ll do a thorough exam, checking the health of gums and neighboring teeth, taking x-rays to assess the shape and health of your jawbone, and taking impressions to create an accurate model of your mouth. We’ll also work with you to select the best color and shape for your new teeth.
There are several types of partials, so we’ll talk with you about the best one for your situation. Partial dentures replace missing teeth, and they’re a good way to maintain a stable bite and restore a natural-looking smile.