Dentures can be an ideal solution for patients who are missing several teeth. Tooth replacement is a vital restorative dentistry service. Missing teeth can cause problems with your bite, gums, and facial structure if left untreated. Consultations with your dentist are crucial to determine which tooth replacement option works best for you. Here, Dr. Greg Reece, a dentist in Charlotte, NC, describes three types of dentures that can be beneficial in your search for a tooth replacement solution.
Dr. Reece offers dentures that can replace a full arch of teeth. The loss of all your teeth can lead to facial muscles sagging and a change in your appearance. A full set of dentures will maintain your face shape. It will also give you the ability to eat and speak normally with the dental structure in place. Some dentures can use adhesives to keep in place in your mouth. Removable dentures should be cleaned as often as regular teeth, which means they should be brushed at least twice per day.
If only some of your teeth are missing, your dentist may recommend partial dentures as a tooth replacement treatment. The structure is often made with a plastic base and metal frame. The shape is similar to a dental bridge, replacing several teeth in a row. These are also often removable and should be brushed regularly. This is especially important to keep the remaining natural teeth healthy. Missing teeth can lead to the deterioration of the jawbone. Your remaining teeth, as well as the assistance of dentures, can help maintain the bone structure of your jaw. Partial dentures will ensure these teeth do not shift or decay over time.
Traditional dentures are often removable, but implant dentures are also available to secure the fixture to your mouth permanently. This is a surgical procedure that is more expensive than removable dentures. However, the permanence and durability of implant-secured dentures are appealing for many patients. The process involves metal posts implanted into the jaw and the denture fixture bonded into place using these posts. Once secured, implant dentures can only be removed by a dentist. Implant dentures must be maintained and cleaned like regular teeth to ensure long-lasting oral health.
Dentures and more in Charlotte, NC
Dentures and other restorative dentistry solutions are available at Dentistry of the Queen City in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Reece also specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or by phone at 704.486.8911.