Tooth loss is a significant problem in the United States, where it’s estimated that 178 million people are missing at least one tooth. Of that, about 40 million are believed to be missing all of their natural teeth. Whether you lost your teeth due to injury, gum disease, or good old-fashioned tooth decay, missing teeth can lead to a whole host of health problems, from low self-esteem to jawbone loss to not being able to eat a varied and healthy diet. Fortunately, dentures in Valparaiso can easily take care of this problem. They restore your smile and biting force back to nearly what they were before you lost your pearly whites. If you’re ready to put the problem of tooth loss behind you, give us a call so we can determine whether dentures are right for you.
There are actually two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are most likely what you think of when you picture dentures. They consist of an entire arch of artificial teeth with a gum-colored acrylic base that fits snugly over your gums. Partial dentures, on the other hand, only replace some missing teeth. Artificial teeth are placed on a metal framework that attaches to your remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures, also sometimes called partials, offer a removable alternative to dental bridges.
Pretty much anyone who is missing teeth to some degree would be a good candidate for dentures. Full dentures are ideal for people missing all of their natural teeth. Partials are recommended if someone is only missing a segment of teeth. Implant-retained dentures, which we’ll get into more in a little bit, are suggested for patients who want permanent dentures that won’t slip around or lose their fit over time.
First, your dentist in Valparaiso will thoroughly examine your mouth to make sure it is free of issues like gum disease and decay in any remaining teeth. These issues must be treated prior to getting your dentures. Then, we’ll take a mold of your mouth, which we’ll then send to our dental lab to ensure that your dentures will fit in your mouth perfectly. Once the dental lab has sent us your new teeth, you’ll return to our office for a fitting. We’ll make sure you are capable of using your denture without pain or issue so that you can smile, bite, and chew confidently. If necessary, we can adjust the fit.
Traditional dentures may lose their fit and have to be adjusted every few years. This may cause them to slip out of place from time to time. To prevent this from ever happening, you can choose to get dentures held in place by dental implants. We can place an average of just four to six implants strategically throughout your jawbone in order to give full support for a denture. Your denture can then be permanent or removable, depending on your preference. Implant-retained dentures are famous for restoring your biting force back to what it was when you had all of your natural teeth, and with the longevity of dental implants, you can expect your new teeth to last for decades to come.
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