The loss of teeth happens because of decay, gum disease, dental trauma, or advancing age. It does not just affect your appearance and smile, but also your overall health and oral hygiene. Many people are unaware of the effects of missing teeth on general health and oral hygiene. It is recommended to replace missing teeth due to the reasons listed below:

  • A smile with gaps is unappealing.
  • The absence of teeth can make people feel uncomfortable when smiling and lowers confidence and self-esteem.
  • As time passes, the gaps created by missing teeth cause adjacent teeth to move toward the open space. It causes orthodontic problems and jawbone degeneration.
  • The face begins to sink, causes aging, and makes you look older.
  • Teeth gaps cause difficulty in chewing food. A person may be malnourished because of missing teeth.
  • Teeth gaps can cause communication issues, as people tend to mispronounce certain words due to missing teeth.

Dentures are the most commonly employed prosthetic appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. They are made up of gum-colored bases connected to artificial teeth that sit comfortably over the gums to fill in the space left with missing teeth.

Dentures are customized with digital photographs of the mouth that match your natural teeth’ size, shape, and shade. They can be removed and put back into the mouth to suit the individual’s requirements. Two kinds of dentures are commonly used. They are:

  • Complete or Full Dentures
  • Partial Dentures

What are Complete Dentures?

These removable oral prosthetics are utilized when one has lost all their natural teeth on one or both dental arches. They replace all the teeth in a dental arch. They give a consistent, beautiful, and symmetrical smile. A complete denture has two parts:

  • Artificial TeethAlso known as false teeth, they are customized replacements for natural teeth. They look natural and help restore the teeth’ structure and function.
  • Acrylic BaseArtificial teeth are secured to a gum-colored acrylic base, which sits over the gums and provides an ideal foundation for artificial teeth. The upper denture fits into the mouth’s roof, while the U-shaped lower one securely holds the tongue.

What is a Partial Denture?

Partial dentures can be utilized when only a few natural teeth remain within the upper or lower jaw. These are employed to substitute several missing teeth on a dental arch. It consists of a gum-colored base that has artificial teeth attached to it. The base is connected to a metal frame that holds the denture in position.

A partial denture consists of false teeth attached to dental crowns on either or both sides and acts as a dental bridge. The false teeth are used to fill the gap created by missing teeth, and the crowns secure themselves to the teeth present adjacent to the gap. Partial dentures are of two kinds:

  • Removable Partial DenturesThese are fitted with attachments that are temporarily fastened to the abutment teeth and removed whenever one wants to remove them.
  • Fixed Partial DenturesThese dentures are held permanently in position using dental implants. Once they’re in place, they are bonded to the partial denture. Implants can be surgically inserted inside the jawbone, and they act as roots for missing teeth. They are incredibly durable and offer the most effective solution to missing teeth.

Why Should You Choose Dentures?

Based on your specific requirements, our dentist at Stockton Dental will give you the most suitable solution. The advantages of dentures include:

  • They enhance the contour of the face to make you appear younger.
  • They do not just substitute missing teeth but also stop adjacent teeth from drifting into the spaces created by missing teeth. Hence they prevent the possibility of future orthodontic problems and jaw deterioration.
  • They are custom-made to be in harmony with your natural teeth’ color, size, and shape.
  • Dental implants hold partial dentures in place so that they can withstand the bite and chewing pressures.
  • Dentures are easy to maintain and blend comfortably in your daily routine.
  • They do not put too much pressure on your jaw.
  • They improve your chewing and speaking abilities by filling gaps created due to missing teeth.
  • Fixed partial dentures use dental implants that are strong enough to last and keep the jawbone healthy.
  • They reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
  • Dentures are the most affordable restorations for replacing multiple missing teeth.

Please reach out to Stockton Creative Dental in Stockton, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Rassiwala. Please call us at (209) 466-5000 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.