If you are dealing with tooth loss, then your chief concern may be the way you look. After all, your appearance has a lot to do with your smile. Family, friends, and colleagues likely notice that gaping hole between your remaining teeth. This awareness can make you feel self-conscious or even embarrassed.
However, there’s more to tooth loss than just what you and others can see. Having only one missing tooth can impact your general health and well-being if you are not able to eat a nutritious diet. Thus, tooth replacement will not only boost your confidence, but it may also improve general health too.
Dentures and partials in Leesburg, VA are an excellent solution for tooth loss. Whether you need a partial or full denture, we will work with you to create a prosthesis that fits comfortably and gives you an attractive and natural-looking smile.
If you’re missing one or just a few teeth, a partial denture could be a convenient and affordable solution. Depending on your overall oral health and the teeth that are missing, our dentists will recommend either a removable or a fixed partial—more commonly called a bridge.
A removable partial is made of false teeth that are attached to a metal frame. The frame has clips that hook onto healthy teeth and hold the partial in place. Both consecutive and non-consecutive tooth loss can be remedied with a partial.
The partial’s false teeth are made according to an impression we take of your mouth. This way, your new teeth look natural and fit comfortably between your other teeth.
A fixed partial or bridge is a single unit made of two dental crowns with a false tooth or teeth in between. The crowns are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap in your smile in order to hold the false tooth in place. If your own teeth cannot be used, then the crowns can also be attached to dental implants.
If all of your top and/or bottom teeth are missing, then the dentist may recommend a full denture. For the upper arch, a denture is comprised of false teeth attached to a gum colored base. You and the dentist will decide whether or not the base should cover your palate. For your lower teeth, the base is always U-shaped, so it doesn’t get in the way of your tongue.
To make sure your dentures are the right size and fit, careful measurements are taken of your mouth. And while natural suction can hold your dentures in place, you may feel more confident using a denture adhesive too.
With proper cleaning and maintenance, a partial or full denture can last 10 or more years. Both will likely need adjustments during this time, but replacement shouldn’t be necessary.
Partials and dentures are among the most affordable options for tooth replacement. Of course, your final cost will depend on the extent of tooth loss, so speak to our staff after your consultation with your dentist. And if you have dental insurance, be sure to check the details of your coverage. You may be entitled to benefits for tooth replacement.