Tooth loss poses major dental risks if you do not seek emergency intervention. Specialists recommend dentures to replace missing teeth and eliminate the risk of complications like irreversible jaw and gum tissue loss. Developing these false teeth depends on specific materials like acrylic (plastic), nylon, or metal. Your doctor will customize your Beaumont dentures to ensure a snug fit over your gaps.
Reasons you need dentures
Dental gaps can cause speech problems and prevent you from chewing properly. Moreover, patients complain about the negative self-image associated with their missing teeth. Dentures are the best test for missing teeth because they address all associated concerns and prevent remaining teeth from growing in the gap at an angle.
What are the different types of dentures?
Your doctor will recommend a specific type of false teeth depending on your number of missing teeth and desired outcomes. The following are the most common types of false teeth:
- Complete dentures replace upper and lower teeth for patients missing all their teeth.
- Partial dentures replace one or several missing teeth but not a full set replacement.
What to expect during full-set denture fitting
Your doctor will recommend complete dentures if you miss all your upper or lower teeth. Your doctor will fit the complete dentures immediately after you lose your teeth to ensure you do not stay without teeth.
Fitting complete dentures immediately after removing several teeth is not ideal because your gums and underlying jawbone will change shape requiring realigning and remaking your dentures soon after placement. To counteract this problem, your dentist may wait until your gums have healed and altered shape for a few months before fitting your complete dentures.
Making and fitting complete dentures involves your dentist taking measurements and impressions (molds) of your mouth before ordering your full or partial dentures from a dental technician. Your technician will first develop trial dentures to assess the fit and appearance and make necessary adjustments before making the final denture.
What you need to know about partial dentures
Gaps from one or more missing teeth require replacements using partial dentures made from a plastic, nylon, or metal plate. Partial dentures have clasps that you will use to secure in your mouth and unclip when you want to remove them.
The making and fitting of partial dentures are different from complete dentures. Your dentist will measure your mouth before referring you to a qualified clinical dental technician, who will develop the perfect partial denture for your case. Your doctor may recommend a fixed bridge which involves placing crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap before inserting a false tooth to connect the crowns and close the gap.
The right tooth replacement for your missing tooth will depend on various factors, which only a qualified dentist can review and make appropriate conclusions. Contact Beaumont Cherry Valley Dental for advice about bridges and partial dentures, including which type (metal or plastic) is best and the appropriate placement approach to address your missing teeth concerns.