Patients missing several teeth can suffer difficulties eating or speaking normally. They may also be self-conscious of the aesthetics of their smile. Dentures can be an effective tooth replacement solution for patients seeking restorative and cosmetic treatment for missing teeth. There are several types of dentures patients can receive, each with its own benefits. Dr. Robert Gauthier Jr., a dentist in Northborough, MA, describes three major types of dentures for patients seeking tooth replacement.
Partial dentures can be an ideal tooth replacement treatment for patients who are missing several teeth in a row but still retain some of their natural teeth. A partial denture is a removable fixture consisting of prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic base with a metal framework that secures it to your remaining teeth. Your dentist will ensure a custom fit for your dentures, paying attention to the size, shape, and color of your smile. The dentures can be worn most of the day but should be removed to clean daily.
For patients who require a replacement for an entire arch of teeth, your dentist may recommend full dentures. Full dentures can be removable, with a structure similar to the partial dentures. The difference, in this case, is that the prosthetics will replace a full arch of teeth. You can wear full dentures for both the top and bottom rows of teeth simultaneously if necessary. Though they are removable, your dentist can recommend a denture sealant that can provide added security for fitting into your amount without slippage throughout the day.
Patients who seek a permanent tooth replacement solution can receive implant dentures. This process involves surgically placed titanium posts into the jaw onto which prosthetic teeth can be bonded into place. Once secured, implanted dentures can only be removed by a dentist. With proper care, implants can last for a lifetime. Implanted dentures have the added benefit of reducing the risk of bone loss in the jaw due to missing teeth, as well as the possibility of bone regeneration. Because implants can maintain bone structure, they can avoid the appearance of facial sagging, furthering the cosmetic benefits of this treatment.
Dentures and more in Northborough, MA
Apex Dental provides dentures and other restorative dentistry treatments to patients in Northborough, MA. Dr. Gauthier specializes in general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry as well. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 508.506.1691.