Missing teeth have the power to do more than sink your confidence, they can alter your facial appearance as well. Without your tooth structure solidly in place, the skin around your lips and cheeks can begin to sag and appear hollow. The problem of missing teeth can visually age a person by many years. If that weren’t bad enough, you may experience problems with speech, which can keep you from engaging in your normal social activities. Your enjoyment of life can be even be hampered by having to limit or possibly radically alter your diet in order to accommodate chewing restrictions. Your dentist in Tyler, Dr. Keith Gerber, has some options to help bring back the smile you need and deserve.
If you have minimal tooth loss, such as several teeth along the dental arch, a partial denture may be the best option for you. There are two types of partials: fixed and removable. The health of the surrounding teeth will determine which type of partial is most optimal. A partial denture fills the gap between two healthy teeth and is connected by a metal framework that helps keep it in place. A fixed dental partial permanently attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw with a dental crown or under the gum tissue with implants.
If you are suffering from a large amount of tooth loss along the dental arch, then you may want to think about having a full denture made. There are three types of dentures and which ones you choose will depend on your individual needs and the health of any remaining teeth. Conventional dentures are fully removable and placed in the mouth after teeth are removed and the tissues are fully healed. An Immediate denture is inserted on the same day the teeth are removed. During a preliminary visit, measurements are taken and models made ahead of time. After your teeth are removed and the jaw has healed, the dentures may have to be realigned or remade to ensure a proper fit. Lastly is the implant-retained, which attaches to placed implants surgically inserted into the jaw. This also allows for the jawbone to be preserved in those areas and provide stability to support the denture.
Which is Right For You?
The biggest determining factor for full dentures versus partials is the amount of tooth loss you are experiencing. For restoring small gaps in your smile, a partial will most likely serve best. However, if you have extreme tooth loss and the remaining teeth are unhealthy, both are signs that point toward full dentures being the better option.
For more information about dentures and a consultation about what options may be best, please contact us today.