Dentures and Partials
According to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), around 35 million adults in the United States have no natural teeth whatsoever. Whether you’ve lost your teeth to decay, advanced gum disease, or as the result of an injury, you still have options for restoring the function and appearance of your smile.
Dentures are a time-tested solution to missing teeth that will dramatically improve your appearance and your ability to eat and speak normally. Depending on the situation, Dr. Foster or Dr. Dobberstein may suggest full dentures if you have lost all the teeth on your top or bottom arch or partial ones that fit next to your remaining natural teeth.
The ACP also asserts that nearly 178 million adults in the U.S. have lost at least one permanent tooth. Bridges are a popular choice for replacing a single missing tooth. They can even be used in situations where a patient has lost two teeth right next to each other. The bridge’s name defines its exact purpose. The teeth neighboring the gap have crowns placed on them and these crowns, called abutments, hold an artificial tooth called a pontic in place between them.
Dental bridges can be removable or fixed, and they will require an average of two separate appointments to place. Once secured, a dental bridge can restore your normal speaking and chewing ability, help you feel more confident about your smile, and help maintain proper spacing along your dental arch.
Dental Implant Restoration
Relatively new to the dental prosthetic field, dental implants are quickly becoming an industry favorite due in no small part to their ability to mimic the full root-and-crown structure of a natural tooth.
If you qualify for dental implants, Dr. Foster or Dr. Dobberstein will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon who will surgically implant a biocompatible titanium post into your jaw. Once the post has fully integrated with the jaw, you will return to Cool Smiles Dental Studio’s office where we will secure a crown, bridge, or even full dentures into place.
Dental implants offer a number of benefits including:
- More secure than dentures or partials
- Impervious to tooth decay
- Help maintain proper spacing of the remaining teeth
- Help maintain healthy jawbone density
- Offer the longest-lasting dental prosthetic currently available
Oral Health After Adult Tooth Loss
As we age, so do our teeth. What once was a solid, white smile may take years later to fade. For senior citizens, the time may come when you will have to consider getting dentures. Please, do not feel ashamed or embarrassed if you are considering getting partial or full dentures. Dentures are a very common dental prosthetic and denture technology has come a long way in recent years.
Modern dentures are lightweight, highly realistic, and fit better than their predecessors. Some of the many benefits of wearing artificial teeth include:
- You will feel more confident about the look and feel of your smile
- Dentures restore the shape of your cheeks and lips, making you look instantly younger
- Improved chewing and speaking ability
- Flexibility on when you want to wear them