Feasible Options for Missing Teeth!
MANY OF US HAVE TO deal with tooth loss as we get older, whether because of an injury, tooth decay, or other reasons. What can we do when this happens to us? Fortunately, the field of prosthodontics (false teeth) has come a long way, giving us plenty of options for filling those empty gaps back in.
Modern Denture Types
Your individual situation and the outcome you hope for will determine the type of denture that would work best for you. Obviously, someone who still has some of their natural teeth won’t use the same type as someone with no natural teeth left. So what are the different types?
Full dentures are a complete set of removable false teeth. They can be just the top teeth, just the bottom, or both. These may be made of porcelain, which imitates the look and feel of natural teeth, and they can last from 5-10 years. Full dentures are a good option for missing teeth but may not have an ideal fit after some time due to the changing structure of the mouth.
Partial dentures are for people who still have some healthy natural teeth. The new teeth fill the gaps so the natural teeth don’t start to shift and cause new oral problems. They are often made of acrylic resin, which won’t wear down the natural teeth like porcelain will, but don’t last as long.
Fixed dentures, meaning non-removable dentures, come in a few different varieties.
- implants, which are surgically placed into the jaw bone and fuse over time to mimic the old root;
- bridges, which fill gaps by being cemented to the teeth on either side of the whole;
- implant-retained bridges; and implant-supported dentures, which use implants as anchors for dentures.
There are even dentures that can be completed from start to finish in one day allowing the patient to walk out of the office with teeth! Fixed dentures and implants are becoming more common and popular these days because they most mimic natural teeth the best and allow for functional use of the mouth.
Which Dentures Are Right For You?
Figuring out the ideal replacement teeth for you can be tricky, particularly if you’ve never needed them before, but that’s why you have us! NOVA Dental Anesthesia makes dentures easy by offering a full range of denture options. Schedule a visit with us as soon as you can so we can talk about what type you need and set up a plan to get you on your way back to a bright, full smile!
As always, thank you for putting your trust in us!
NOVA Dental Anesthesia has over 15 years of experience with improving patient comfort, smiles, and changing lives. For more information about missing teeth options, please contact our Northern VA office.NOVA Dental Anesthesia Phone Number 703-672-6919 Book an Appointment
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