Complete Dentures, Partial DenturesYour teeth do a lot for you every single day. They allow you to bite your food, as well as chew it thoroughly. Teeth control your airflow when you speak, giving you the ability to make certain sounds and form specific words. Your teeth also provide you with a beautiful, confident smile. Tooth loss, no matter if it’s just a few or all of them, greatly affect your quality of life. At Rho Family Dentistry, we can restore your teeth with complete or partial dentures.
Causes of Tooth Loss
There are several causes of tooth loss. One of the most common causes is gum disease. When plaque and oral bacteria build up in your mouth, they irritate your gum tissue. As a result, your gums become inflamed and swell. Your gums pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets and begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and jawbone. Your teeth become loose and fall out.
Other common causes of tooth loss include:
||Facial trauma (car accidents, falls, sports injuries).
||Poor oral hygiene, which can ultimately lead to gum disease.
||Smoking, which can lead to gum disease.
||Bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth).
Dentures have been in use for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth. The dentures you know today are vastly different from their ancestors. Dentures today are very different from the ones available just a few decades ago. Developments in dental technology have brought about major advancements in dentures. They are significantly more natural looking than older dentures, and designed to be more comfortable.
Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth. They consist of acrylic resin teeth set into a hard, acrylic base. The base can be made to match the color of your gum tissue, allowing the denture to blend in better. Dentures are made to be supported by your gums and held in place by suction. As a removable prosthesis, dentures are meant to be taken out each night for cleaning and left out while you sleep.
Complete Dentures Vs. Partial Dentures
Complete dentures, also often called full dentures, are dentures that replace an entire arch (or both) of missing teeth. Any unhealthy teeth that have not yet fallen out first need to be extracted before you can wear your complete dentures. Your dentures are created using molds of your mouth.
Partial dentures are designed to replace sections of several missing teeth. They are similar to complete dentures in that they are made from molds of your mouth and are supported by your gums. While they are held in place by suction, they also have metal clasps that attach to your healthy teeth, providing them with additional support.
Do Dentures Require Special Care?
Dentures do require a bit of extra daily care. They need to be removed nightly for a thorough cleaning. They should be brushed with a soft bristled brush and denture paste (or soap and water). Then they should be left to soak overnight in a denture cleaning solution. After cleaning your dentures, you should clean your mouth. Brush your gums, and any remaining healthy teeth, with a soft bristled brush. You should also floss any remaining teeth. Before replacing your dentures in the morning, be sure to rinse them thoroughly.
If your life has been affected by tooth loss, Rho Family Dentistry can help. Call us today to schedule your consultation and find out if complete dentures or partial dentures are right for you.