Despite the many advances in the dental field in recent years, tooth loss is still a serious problem. It is estimated that over 60% of adults in the United States will have lost a tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or any number of other causes. Around 1 in 4 people between the ages of 65 and 75 have lost all of their teeth. Luckily, there are several options available to you if you have lost teeth. One of the most versatile and affordable options is a set of removable dentures.
Standard Full Dentures
Full dentures replace a full set of upper or lower teeth. This not only makes it easier to eat and talk, but improves your appearance by filling out your face and putting teeth back into your smile. They are held in place with suction or adhesive, and are made of a pliable material that makes suction easy. This flexibility also requires regular adjustment by your dentist, to make sure it fits properly. Standard full dentures are susceptible to shrinkage or warping, which leads to the prosthetic not fitting properly and can ultimately cause the jawbone to atrophy.
If you are only missing one or even a few teeth, a partial denture is a good solution. Partial dentures are a single piece fitting that is supported by the surrounding teeth and gums. Because of this, they are more secure than a standard denture, and are usually more comfortable.
Cosmetic dentures are designed to restore a natural appearance to a person, disguising the fact that there are false teeth at all. Unlike standard dentures that can warp and shrink over time, cosmetic dentures are made from an acrylic base. This allows the denture to hold its shape and makes it appear more realistic.
Dental implants can also be used to help make cosmetic dentures achieve a more natural appearance. The implants allow the dentures to be anchored in place, either by resting or snapping onto the implant. Dentures held in this manner are more secure and stable, making them more comfortable to wear.
Losing teeth and expensive treatment options shouldn’t keep you from enjoying a healthy and happy lifestyle. Dentures are an excellent course of treatment for many people. Dr. Bosler is a cosmetic dentist in Vacaville, CA, offering dentures to patients in the area. If you have any questions about treatment options for missing teeth, or if you are interested in a consultation with Dr. Bosler, please call us today to schedule an appointment.