Dentures, in various forms, have been used for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth. These prosthetics replace the visible surfaces of teeth to increase oral function and restore one’s appearance. While dentures have been used for a very long time, the materials, technology and craftsmanship to make them has improved leaps and bounds. Today, people wear and enjoy very lifelike dentures that complement their facial structure, fill in the gaps of an incomplete smile and make eating food easier.
Types of Dentures
There are two major types of dentures. The first type of denture is a full denture. This denture replaces all the teeth missing in an arch. When a person is totally edentulous, two dentures will be necessary to replace all the teeth missing in both jaws. A full denture rests on top of the gums and is supported by the curved shape of the jawbone. The other type of denture is a partial, and its job is to only replace the teeth missing in an arch. To accomplish this, a partial denture will snap into place by clasps that attach to the backs of biological teeth. The partial will then fill in the gaps of a smile only where it is needed.
The Customized Nature of Prosthetics
Making permanent prosthetics is an incredibly detailed process. First, dental healthcare providers will take pictures, diagnostic images and molds of the mouth. This is done to determine the proper specifications of prosthetics so that they fit comfortably inside the mouth.
Once the specifications are established, trained technicians in laboratories will begin the process of creating dentures. Making dentures involves close attention to detail. Another important aspect involves craftsmanship. Today’s dentures are made from high quality porcelain and perfectly-tinted acrylic bases to mimic the gradient of color naturally found on the gingiva.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
Your teeth serve a purpose. They are used for eating, speaking and smiling. Even one missing tooth can affect the way words are pronounced. Tooth loss also affects your ability to properly chew and digest many foods.
Sometimes after tooth loss, patients become depressed and self-esteem can suffer. Our team takes a compassionate and customized approach to treating tooth loss. We strongly encourage you to seek the treatment you need in a timely manner as it can boost your mood and confidence and restore oral function.
If you have missing teeth, we invite you to schedule a tooth replacement consultation at our practice. Your appointment will involve filling out questionnaires and forms, having an oral examination and discussing the results with our caring staff. Our mission is to help you enjoy optimal oral function no matter your circumstances.