Are you missing multiple teeth? Maybe you have an upper or lower arch of missing teeth. Charlotte dentist Dr. Greg Reece can restore your smile with full or partial dentures in Charlotte, NC. Dentures are a restorative treatment that provides a secure and stable bite for patients with multiple missing teeth. But why should you replace your missing teeth in the first place, and what are your options for treatment with dentures?
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Not replacing missing teeth soon enough may result in one or more of these conditions:
- Shifting teeth
- Tooth decay
- Misaligned bite
- Facial sagging
- Speech issues
Later in life, our gums may recede due to missing teeth, exposing the root surfaces of our teeth. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, genetic predisposition, and missing teeth. Root exposure is problematic mainly because root surfaces are covered by a material called cementum, which is much softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Not promptly replacing missing teeth can speed up these processes and open up more opportunity for dental issues to occur.
Preventing increased oral health problems is Dr. Greg Reece’s mission. Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911 if you have noticed any of these symptoms. Dr. Reece may have to address any underlying conditions and provide necessary corrections before proceeding with a restorative treatment like dentures. It’s best to start with a healthy foundation before moving forward with dentures.
Treatment with Dentures & Partials
Dr. Reece offers two types of dentures to his patients: full and often implant-secured dentures, and partial dentures. Before treatment, Dr. Reece will review your options with you and see if you are a candidate for dentures. He will assess your teeth and gums and discuss your budget and goals. Learn the differences between implant-secured and partial dentures below:
This type of denture is supported by and attached to dental implants for a more secure and permanent restoration. Patients who have enough bone in their jaw are good candidates for implant-secured dentures. The dental implants are usually placed in the front of the jaw because there is typically more bone and fewer nerves. After the implants are placed the supporting bar that makes up the denture is inserted.
Partial dentures can be made of metal or acrylic. They consist of replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base with a metal framework. This treatment option works best for patients with multiple consecutive missing teeth. Partial dentures can improve your bite and make it easier to talk.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you have whole arches of missing teeth? Do you have a slipping denture that is affecting your ability to eat and speak with confidence? Call our Charlotte, North Carolina dentist office at 704.486.8911 or request a consultation on our website. The dental care professionals at Dentistry of the Queen City will be happy to provide you with the restorative dental care you need so that you can get back to smiling with confidence.