For many of us, it may not come as a concern when a tooth, especially one of the less noticeable ones in the back, falls out. When it is ones of the front teeth, however, it can be a bit more unsettling to have an obvious hole in your smile. Besides causing difficulties with biting or chewing, it can also lower your self-confidence if you feel judged. As a result, it can be very important to at least provide a method for concealing any obvious gaps until a more permanent replacement can be established, which is why Geelan Dental Care can provide you with a prosthetic.
Restoring Your Smile
A denture can come in either partial or full, depending on what your specific needs are. If you are missing several teeth, you may require a partial whereas if you are edentulous, a full set of dentures may be your best bet. The thought of receiving a denture may bring back memories of your grandparents’ teeth floating in a cup of water, but the field of dentistry has advanced beyond that recently.
With the technological boom of the early twenty-first century, many electronics and medical devices have been completely reinvented to make them faster, smaller, and digital. This means that not only can we take pictures of your mouth with a tiny camera instantly to get a better look at your teeth and gums, but that we can also turn those pictures into a 3D image that can allow us to design a plan for your new smile. Through this, we can ensure your replacement teeth are not only more comfortable, but that they also fit better and are less likely to slip.
How Dentures May Benefit You
You may think that for one tooth, it is not worth the hassle to have a replacement made. What you might not know, however, is that when there is no longer a tooth in your socket, your jaw can begin to resorb. Through this, the bone recedes because there is no longer a root to support. This can cause the surrounding teeth to also lose supporting bone mass around the empty socket, and they may shift to fill the open space. These teeth may become loose as a result and fall out as well.
One way a partial denture can help you is to keep the surrounding teeth firmly in place. It can also make it easier for you to enjoy your food in addition to causing less discomfort on the tender gums from harder, sharper foods, such as chips. The three primary types of partials used for dental restoration are cast-metal, nylon, and a hybrid. In general, they are usually made of porcelain and can look quite real. They are supported by the surrounding teeth, so it is important to continue to give your remaining teeth optimal care and maintain regular checkups.
Partial dentures may be something that can help you keep your jaw strong and your bite aligned for a long time if properly taken care of, which is why Geelan Dental Care would like to help you decide if they might be right for you. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to learn more about dentures, please give us a call at (971) 323-1990 to speak with one of our highly trained staff or to schedule an appointment.