Dental prosthetics are artificial devices that replace one or more missing teeth. They offer the ability not just to restore the appearance of your smile, but also the stability and strength of your bite.
When you lose a tooth, you also lose the support that tooth provides the adjacent teeth. This can cause your nearby teeth to begin to shift out of alignment, which can weaken the connection between teeth and bone and cause additional tooth loss.
Missing teeth also change the dynamics of your bite. As your teeth move out of alignment, some teeth can begin to sustain excess pressure during biting or chewing, which can cause wear or even lead to cracks and fractures.
If you envision an unnaturally white, chalky, and bulky span of teeth when you think about dentures, you owe it to yourself to explore today’s options. Advancements in dental technology have led to denture manufacturing techniques that create beautiful and comfortable dentures.
Full dentures replace all your upper or lower teeth. They are a great option when you are missing all or most of your teeth and create a visually consistent smile that is also incredibly durable.
As the name implies, partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth. These dentures are designed to fit around your healthy natural teeth and consist of one or more false teeth anchored in a flesh-colored acrylic and sometimes incorporating wire to increase stability.
During your initial consultation, you’ll learn which type of dentures offers the best treatment path.
Dental implants are a type of prosthetic that replaces not just the visible portion of your tooth, but also the tooth root. They consist of an implanted post that serves as an artificial tooth root, an artificial crown that serves as a replacement tooth, and in some cases, a small piece called an abutment that connects the root and crown.
Because dental implants are anchored directly into your bone tissue, they stimulate that bone in the same way as your natural teeth. This is critical for preventing bone loss and potentially additional tooth loss. Dental implants are also a permanent tooth replacement option.
Learn more about dentures, dental implants, and other dental prosthetics during your personalized consultation. Online booking is available, or you can call the office to check appointment availability.