Tooth loss can present many challenges. Missing teeth can ruin the look of a person’s smile, and it can make tasks such as chewing and speaking very difficult. Additionally, untreated tooth loss can lead to further problems such as facial structure loss, jawbone deterioration, tooth shifts and bite imbalances. For those reasons, people should seek out treatment for tooth loss as quickly.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. A complete set of dentures will replace an entire row of missing teeth. Our dentures are designed to look natural, and they provide the same function as regular teeth. Depending on their type, dentures can either be removable or permanently secured inside the user’s mouth. At Independent Dental Care, we offer fixed dentures and traditional dentures. Fixed dentures are permanently secured inside the mouth, while traditional dentures can be taken out for cleaning purposes. Both have their own advantages that should be considered before a decision is made.
Fixed dentures use dental implants to remain permanently secured inside the user’s mouth. Once they have been applied, fixed dentures can never be removed except through oral surgery. The fact that they can never be taken out helps some patients come to truly think of fixed dentures as a set of entirely new teeth. The dental implants also provide the same functions as natural tooth roots which helps the fixed dentures to feel remarkably natural compared with other tooth-replacement options.
Surgically placed dental implants will prevent this type of denture from ever slipping. Over time, implants fuse with the patient’s jawbone, and in addition to providing stability for the dentures, they keep the jawbone healthy and prevent the bone deterioration that is associated with tooth loss. Overall, fixed dentures represent an ideal tooth-replacement option for many people, and they can truly provide a person with a brand-new smile. With proper care, a set of fixed dentures should remain intact for a lifetime.
Traditional dentures rely on grip and suction from the jawbone and the dental arch gum tissue to remain steady and secure. Even when the user is talking or chewing, traditional dentures should remain in place. One benefit of traditional dentures is that they can be easily cleaned by taking them out of the mouth. Another benefit is that no surgical procedure is needed to use traditional dentures. However, traditional dentures will usually need to be replaced every few years.
If you are suffering from severe tooth loss, then our natural-looking dentures may be the perfect solution for you. By visiting Independent Dental Care, we can discuss the options that are available. Please call us at (239) 437-8900 to schedule an appointment.