Dentures—Partial and Complete
Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects your smile, the functions of your mouth, your oral health, and your quality of life. You may find it difficult to eat many of your favorite foods, and your speech can suffer significantly. If there are still teeth remaining in the arch, they can shift out of alignment, altering your bite and causing other significant complications. At North Atlanta Family Dentistry, we can provide treatment for missing teeth with partial and complete dentures.
Causes of Tooth Loss
You can lose teeth for some different reasons. Common causes for tooth loss include
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are the traditional treatment for replacing missing teeth. They are removable prosthetic teeth, which are set into a base that sits directly on your gums. Your gums are what provide support for your false teeth. Dentures have been in use for hundreds of years, and have undergone numerous changes to help them appear more natural and improve their functionality. Dentures today have acrylic resin teeth and a hard, acrylic base. The teeth are designed to look exactly like real teeth. The acrylic base is colored to perfectly match your actual gum tissue, which also helps to provide a much more natural appearance.
Complete Vs Partial Dentures
Complete dentures are what most people think of when they think of dentures. A complete denture is designed to replace an entire arch, or even both arches, of teeth. Before taking impressions for your denture, any unhealthy teeth that are remaining in the arch are extracted. Impressions are used to design and create your custom denture.
A partial denture is used to replace a section of missing teeth, which allows your healthy teeth to remain where they are. After all, there is no reason to extract perfectly healthy teeth. Just like complete dentures, your partial denture is made from impressions of your mouth. In addition to being supported by your gums, a partial denture also has metal clasps, which hook on to healthy teeth for extra support.
Whether you have complete dentures or partial dentures, it is important that you take care of them. Proper denture care is crucial for ensuring the health of your mouth and optimal functioning of your replacement teeth. Every night, your dentures need to be removed to be properly cleaned. Before taking them out, a folded towel should be placed on the counter, or the sink should be filled with water. This provides a cushion in case you accidentally drop your teeth. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste. Do not use regular toothpaste, as this can cause microscopic scratches on your dentures that can trap bacteria.
After brushing your dentures, they should be placed in a glass of water or denture cleaning solution to soak overnight while you sleep. Leaving them out will help give your gums time to rest and heal. Soaking them prevents them from drying out and warping. Before going to bed, brush your healthy teeth, your gums and your other intraoral tissues. In the morning, brush your teeth again, rinse your dentures, and set them back in place.
Dentures can restore the functions of your missing teeth, your smile, and your quality of life. For more information, call North Atlanta Family Dentistry at (470) 387-0500 today.