As you can probably imagine, not having any teeth can severely limit your diet, hinder your ability to speak clearly, and have a negative impact on your self-image. So how can you restore your smile if one or both rows of teeth are missing? Oftentimes, the best option is to get a denture that has been designed with your unique mouth in mind. Get in touch with Dr. Fitzgerald today to see if dentures may be the ideal answer for your lost teeth.
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There are different forms of tooth replacement available, but dentures are typically an excellent choice for patients who have suffered from particularly extensive tooth loss. You are likely a candidate for dentures as long as you have healthy gums to support them. If you set up an appointment at our office, we can examine the state of your oral health, consider the number of teeth you lost, and give you our recommendation for the steps you should take to rebuild your smile.
There’s actually more than one kind of denture that you can potentially get depending on the specifics of your situation. Each one is made out of state-of-the-art materials that help your new teeth look as natural as possible while also making them comfortable to wear. Below is a summary of your options when it comes to dentures.
A partial denture can be used when you are only missing some of your teeth. The prosthesis is designed to fit neatly into the gaps in your grin, much like a puzzle piece. Typically, it will have metal clasps that help it stay attached to your natural teeth.
You’re likely already familiar with the concept of a full denture: a complete row of artificial teeth meant to replace either your upper or lower arch. Unlike partial dentures, full dentures don’t come with clasps. Instead, they sit on your gums and rely on natural suction to keep them stable.
Partial dentures and full dentures can both be combined with dental implants, thus allowing you to restore your smile without having to worry about your new teeth slipping out of place. Some implant dentures are designed to stay attached to the implant posts at all times; others are made to be removable.
Even to this day, dentures are still considered a reliable means for replacing missing teeth. With a well-made set of dentures, you can: