Brighten up Your Smile with Partial Dentures and Complete Dentures
Tooth loss is surprisingly common. Many adults have some tooth decay, and 15-20% of middle-aged adults experience tooth loss as a result. That doesn’t even take into account people who lose teeth in an accident. However the tooth loss occurred, you don’t need to live with missing teeth.
Partial dentures and complete dentures are one possible solution to replace missing teeth. Talk to your dentist to learn if partial or complete dentures may be an option for you.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a type of dental prosthetic appliance, usually made of resin, that serves as a removable replacement for your teeth. These prostheses are custom-made to resemble and restore function to those of your original teeth. All dentures are made to withstand significant wear and tear, affording up to years of use with proper care.
You don’t have to lose all your teeth to benefit from dentures. Partial dentures are a suitable solution when a patient retains some healthy teeth.
As the name implies, partial dentures are smaller appliances designed to replace individual or multiple teeth. Partial dentures have clasps or clips which rest on your remaining teeth to aid with retention of the appliance.
If you are missing all of your teeth, then complete dentures can be an esthetic and functional solution to your needs.
It should also be noted that dental implants can be a huge benefit to provide dentures with additional retention and support.
Why Should You Get Dentures?
Several studies suggest a correlation between tooth loss and self-confidence. Getting dentures can bring back some of that confidence, allowing you to make the best first impression. But even if you’re not worried about appearances, missing teeth can cause functional concerns, including:
- Shifting teeth
- Chronic tooth or gum pain
- Difficulty chewing food
- Overworked or inefficient digestive system
- Swollen, bleeding, or sore gums
Any of the following symptoms can foreshadow more significant problems that may impact your overall health in addition to dental comfort. Though these symptoms may not always require dentures, we advise consulting with your dentist to find the right solution for your needs.
What Is the Process for Getting Dentures?
To ensure your dentures fit comfortably and function properly, you will need several appointments with your dentist. The dentist will first make a custom mold of your teeth and/or gums and have you return for additional appointments. These additional appointments allow the dentist to properly fit the denture to ensure the correct bite, proper speech, and excellent esthetics. Once the denture(s) are completed at the lab, the last appointment will be to deliver the denture(s) to you. Your dentist may then schedule follow-up appointments to confirm the fit and comfort of your new dentures and make any adjustments, which are typically needed as you adjust to your new teeth.
If you’re ready to address any difficulty chewing or esthetic concerns of tooth loss, contact McDonogh Dental at 410-363-2500 today. We can set up an appointment or discuss options for partial dentures and complete dentures in Owings Mills, MD.