One of the consequences of missing teeth is that it can make your cheeks look hollow and your mouth to appear to be sunken in. More importantly, your ability to properly chew and digest food can suffer. When a patient is missing multiple teeth in a row, dentures may be the appropriate treatment choice for both cosmetic purposes and overall wellness. Additionally depending on a patient’s budget it may provide a more economically feasible option to accomplish a patient’s needs to properly restore their appearance and function. Depending on the amount of teeth missing and the health of the remaining teeth a partial or full denture may be the recommended treatment option. During your consultation, we will carefully assess all of your options and so that you can make an informed choice as to what the best treatment might be best for your individual situation.
Partial dentures are ideal for those who are missing only a few teeth in a row. They attach onto certain teeth with wires or clasps to help hold them in place. Anytime a suitable tooth or teeth may be used to help hold in a denture, the ability of the removable prosthesis to stay in the mouth is enhanced. Even if you only have a few teeth in your dental arch, a partial denture may still work best, since the remaining teeth serve as a natural anchor.
When your dental arch no longer has any teeth, a complete denture is the optimal solution. You can choose the traditional kind that rests over the gum and jaw bones or choose to have dentures that are anchored by dental implants. The latter option has the best hold, but involves surgery. We are happy to discuss all the details so you can make an informed decision.