Although dentures are the oldest solution for missing teeth, they still play a key role in restoring form and function to the mouth in cases where several teeth have been lost.
Today, patients enjoy a range of choices when deciding how to reclaim the many benefits of a full set of teeth. Dental implants are the most effective option, providing sturdy replacements that are deeply anchored in the jaw. This not only enhances the stability of the replacement tooth, but also stimulates the bone, preventing changes to the facial profile. Bridges are less expensive than implants and offer more stability than dentures. They may be removable or anchored to crowns or implants in the mouth.
Dentures are a simple and affordable solution for many patients. Choices include complete dentures or partial dentures. Complete dentures are a single arch that replaces a full set of teeth in the upper or lower mouth. The arch rests on your gums and is removable for eating, cleaning, sleeping or vigorous physical activity. Partial dentures are popular with patients who retain many of their natural teeth. This type of appliance is more stable, as they are attached to existing teeth.
Partial dentures can also be anchored by crowns on adjacent teeth or dental implants, strong titanium-rooted artificial teeth that are surgically implanted in the mouth. Using as few as four implants, patients can secure partial dentures, a bridge or a specific type of bridge known as All-on-Four. An additional option is to replace each missing tooth with a dental implant, but this can be expensive, and requires a significant investment of time in the process.
Many patients especially prefer implants for the lower jaw, where dentures or bridges are less stable, as they must leave room for the tongue. And because implants are deeply rooted in the jaw, they also perform the same essential function as the roots of natural teeth: stimulating the jaw bone. Without this type of natural stimulation, the bone will lose strength and volume, which will affect the shape of your facial profile. This is why some seniors may look older than their age: bone loss in the jaw creates the appearance of a weak chin, hollow cheeks, sunken mouth and attenuated facial profile.
When you choose dentures, Dr. Añonuevo will schedule several appointments to take measurements in your mouth, create your customized dentures and ensure you are satisfied with the fit. An impression of your teeth will be made from a mold that you will bite into, and this is used to create not only your final set of dentures, but also a model of your teeth and a set of temporary wax dentures that you will wear to gauge the fit and comfort level of your permanent set.
Once your dentures are fabricated, Dr. Añonuevo will take the time to ensure you are completely satisfied with their look and feel. After all adjustments have been made, you will have a complete set of teeth — and a whole new reason to smile.
If you would like to discuss your specific dental needs with a respected, trustworthy dentist in Charlotte, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Añonuevo. Please call or email Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas today to make your appointment.