Have you lost one or possibly multiple teeth? If you’re missing several teeth then you’re familiar with the impact tooth loss has on the appearance of your smile. However, you not be aware of how this impacts your overall oral health. In order to restore these missing teeth you may benefit from a prosthetic. Do you need full or partial dentures?
The Dangers of Tooth Loss
How does tooth loss hurt your smile? First, losing a tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to drift from their place, leading to misalignment. Uneven teeth can make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, increasing the risk of cavities and gingivitis.
In addition, you may have trouble eating and communicating. Finally, missing teeth can lead to excessive strain on the jaw joints, which often causes TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding) to develop.
If you have lost several teeth but don’t require a full prosthetic then you may consider partial dentures. A prosthetic is created that consists of replacement teeth and an acrylic base that looks like natural gum tissue. There are also metal clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth, anchoring the new ones into place. The prosthetic will be custom-made for a proper fit and a lifelike appearance.
If you have lost most or all of your teeth on one or both arches, then you may benefit from a full prosthetic. Like partials, they consist of lifelike replacement teeth and a gum-like base. Using natural suction or dental implants, they are held in place and allow you to enjoy a whole smile again.
ABOUT YOUR IRVING AND GRAND PRAIRIE, TX DENTISTS
Dr. Kalpesh Patel, Dr. Jason Strickland, and the talented staff at Active Dental make every patient feel as though they are family. We want you to look forward to visiting our office. In addition to the highly-personalized treatment we provide, our office is also packed with amenities (like Netflix during your treatment!) and is designed with a strong focus on patient comfort. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel or Dr. Strickland, call Active Dental in Irving, TX today at 972-556-0600, or in Grand Prairie, TX at 972-606-2999.