Having even one missing tooth can create problems eating and speaking. With all the different types of dentures available, there is no reason to continue to struggle with these normal tasks. If your dentist talks about removing some of your teeth, make sure you ask about the type of dentures you can have to make everything look and feel right in your mouth. Here are the main options that are available to you.
Full dentures are a complete set of teeth. They are the best option when you need to have all of your teeth removed. You may choose to have regular dentures that sit on top of your gums or implants that have metal rods implanted into your jaw to hold the false teeth in place. Regular dentures are removable but will be made to fit over your gums comfortably. Implants are permanent and you will never have to worry about them falling out of place as you eat or speak.
A dental bridge is a good idea when you still have some of your natural teeth. The false teeth are held in place with metal pieces that fit around two of your natural teeth. You can have a bridge for the top of your mouth, one for the bottom, or a set for both. Generally, a bridge is used when you have two or more teeth missing in the same set (either the top or the bottom.)
Flippers are used when you have a single missing tooth. The will have a plastic piece that fits into either the roof or bottom of your mouth just behind the tooth line. However, flippers are not as strong as a bridge or full set of dentures, and if the missing tooth is one of the front ones, you may not be able to bite into hard foods with it without it slipping out of place.
It is important to make sure you take proper care of your dentures. Food particles can become stuck under them and cause gum disease. If you have removable dentures of any kind, be sure to take them out and clean them daily while brushing the rest of your mouth. Make sure to brush the gums in the areas where the false teeth sit to ensure no bacteria sits there to cause disease. As long as you take care of your teeth, both natural and false, you will always have a great smile, be able to chew your food properly for good digestion, and have no trouble speaking.
Contact a local dentures provider to learn more.Share