Dentures and Partials
While only a small part of your body, they have several essential everyday tasks. The teeth are responsible for biting and chewing your food. They control the flow of air when you speak. They are also a major component of a beautiful, confident smile. When you experience tooth loss, every function of your teeth and mouth is affected, as is your oral health and your quality of life. At the office of Joseph Dautremont, DDS, we can restore missing teeth, and the functions of your mouth, with dentures.
Causes of Tooth Loss
There are several causes of tooth loss. One of the most common causes is gum disease. This condition occurs when oral bacteria irritate your gum tissue, leading to inflammation. The swollen tissue pulls away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into the pockets and attack your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. Eventually, without treatment, the teeth become loose and fall out.
There are several other causes of tooth loss other than gum disease, including:
What Are Dentures?
Dentures have been around for hundreds of years as a way to replace missing teeth, although the dentures of today are vastly different than their earlier predecessors. They are much more comfortable, and much more natural looking in appearance. Dentures consist of acrylic resin teeth set into a removable, gum colored acrylic base. Created from digital impressions of your mouth, the base is designed to sit on your gums, which provide the support for your restoration, and is held in place by suction. Dentures can be made to replace an entire arch of teeth, or sections of missing teeth.
Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Before impressions are taken, we first need to extract any unhealthy teeth that might still be remaining in the arch. Digital impressions are then taken, and sent to our in-house dental lab. The images are displayed on a computer monitor, and our technicians use specialized software to design custom dentures to fit your mouth and your needs. Once designed, the denture is milled.
Partial dentures are designed to replace sections of missing teeth while keeping your perfectly healthy teeth intact. After all, there is no reason to extract healthy teeth. Along with preventing the extraction of healthy teeth, a partial denture helps to keep those teeth from shifting out of their natural alignment. Just like full dentures, a partial denture consists of acrylic resin teeth set into a gum-colored, acrylic base. The base sits on your gums, which provide support for your restoration. Partials also have metal clasps, which attach to your healthy teeth for additional support. These dentures are made similarly to full dentures. We take digital impressions of your mouth and our in-house dental lab designs and creates a custom restoration to fit perfectly in your mouth.
Dentures offer several benefits:
Replacing your missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth, your oral health, and your smile, giving you back your quality of life. Call us here at the office of Joseph Dautremont, DDS today at (818) 570-8525 to schedule your consultation and find out if dentures, or partial dentures, are right for you.
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