A gaping hole in your smile can be embarrassing and make you feel more self-conscious about smiling in front of your friends, family, and co-workers. But your appearance shouldn’t be your only concern. Even one missing tooth can make it harder for you to eat the foods you love, and it can disrupt the balance of your bite, causing your other teeth to wear down faster. And of course, your mouth won’t be able to function correctly if you end up losing all your teeth.
If you or a loved one is dealing with extensive tooth loss, don’t let it disrupt your quality of life; contact Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg right away. Dr. Pham and Dr. Groy can provide you with a partial or full denture that fits comfortably in your mouth and restores your smile along with your ability to speak and chew normally.
Some patients only have a few teeth missing, or they still have healthy teeth that they want to preserve. In these cases, partial dentures are normally used. There are two types of partials you can get: removable or fixed.
With removable partial dentures, the false teeth are attached to a metal frame that’s held in place with metal clasps. The advantage of a removable partial is that it can replace missing teeth in multiple areas at once. Each partial is designed with the help of an impression of your natural teeth, ensuring that it fits correctly and doesn’t stand out in your mouth. As the name implies, you can take your removable partials out at any time for cleaning.
Fixed partials are more commonly known as fixed bridges. Two crowns hold a false tooth or teeth between them and are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. In some cases, we might not be able to use the surrounding teeth for support, or we may see an opportunity to preserve the natural tooth structure; in either case, the bridge can be supported by dental implants.
In the case that you’ve lost most of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, you’re likely to need a full denture – an entire arch of false teeth attached to a gum colored base. A full denture for the lower jaw will be shaped to avoid covering your tongue; if it’s for the upper jaw, we’ll need to decide whether it should cover the roof of your mouth.
Full dentures are carefully designed so that they won’t slip out of place while you’re chewing or speaking. When dentures are properly fitted, natural suction is enough to hold them in place, although you can use an adhesive for added security. You can normally expect your dentures to last for about 10 years or longer, although you’ll probably need several periodic adjustments before then.
Compared to other kinds of tooth replacement, partial dentures and full dentures tend to be less costly; however, this largely depends on the extent of said tooth loss. Talk to Dr. Pham and Dr. Groy about your oral health needs as well as ways to ensure that your restoration is affordable. Don’t forget to check your dental insurance to see what kind of benefits are offered when it comes to tooth replacement!