Losing a few teeth can make a significant difference in your everyday life. The way you interact with people, bite and chew food, pronounce words while speaking, etc. would differ. If this were the case for just a few teeth, imagine how it would be if you were to lose almost all your teeth. Just the thought of it could make you feel worried!
When the number of missing teeth is more, dental implants and bridges may not always be the appropriate solution. Since dentures can be used to replace multiple missing teeth, they would be the right option in this case. They are a set of prosthetic teeth that are held together on an acrylic base, thereby accounting for both the teeth and gum tissues.
The importance of replacing missing teeth
- Missing teeth can make it quite difficult to bite and chew food. This indirectly affects the digestion process.
- The facial aesthetics take a significant hit due to missing teeth. Having to smile with a few missing teeth can be quite embarrassing for patients.
- Since the teeth are removed in their entirety during an extraction, gaps are left in the jawbone. This allows the nearby teeth to drift from their positions, thereby bringing about a change in the facial shape.
- Excessive pressure would be applied to a few teeth due to the missing ones. Over time, this gives rise to pain in the jawbone and TMJ.
Fabrication of dentures
Fabricating dentures takes a few visits to the dentist’s office. During the initial visit, we would visually screen the teeth to check for factors that could influence the candidacy for dentures. Based on the number of teeth remaining, we would choose between partial and complete dentures to suit your condition. If you have lost almost all your teeth, full dentures would be suggested. If a significant number of teeth are remaining, we would suggest partial dentures.
A highly precise digital mold of the teeth will be taken to map out their position. The data will be sent to a dental laboratory where the dentures will be made from tooth-colored ceramic material and gum-colored acrylic. Once the dentures are fabricated, the dentist would place them in the oral cavity and check for fit and comfort. If they are ill-fitting, changes will be made to ensure that they perfectly fit on your gums.
Advantages of dentures
- Dentures make your face look fuller as they replace most of the missing teeth.
- They restore the functionality of the mouth as you will be able to bite and chew food like you used to with all your teeth present.
- You will regain your confident smile.
- Your phonetics will be restored.
- Dentures are long-lasting and durable.
- When it comes to replacing a large number of teeth, dentures are the best option available.
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