The aging process takes quite the toll on our teeth. As an adult, maybe you’ve lost several teeth due to gum disease. Consequently, you’re self-conscious about smiling and have nowhere near the confidence you once did. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have your smile restored. Dentures, partials, and bridges are all attractive solutions for those with missing teeth. Keep reading to learn about these options from Mesquite Dental & Implant Center.
Difficulties of Living with Missing Teeth
Here are just a few of the challenges that come with missing teeth:
- Eating and speaking become difficult.
- Remaining teeth shift out of place to compensate, which can lead to TMJ disorder and bruxism down the road.
- Lower self-esteem about appearance
Studies show that those with no teeth don’t live as long as folks with a full set of teeth. In turn, it’s imperative to take action and replace missing teeth. Our cosmetic dentist will first meet with you to discuss your needs. From there, we will create a customized solution. You may be a candidate for full dentures, partials, or bridgework. Let’s dive into each of these:
- Full dentures – These replace all missing teeth on the upper and/or lower arch. Dentures may be fixed or removable. Over the years, dentures have a notorious reputation for fitting poorly and slipping out of place. That’s not true, though. With high-quality denture implants, you don’t have to worry about an improper fit.
- Partials – Unlike full dentures, partials simply fill spaces left by missing teeth. Partial dentures work to prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position. In general, partials have clasps that attach to healthy teeth.
- Crown and bridgework – A dental bridge replaces one or more teeth in a row. Note that a traditional bridge consists of two crowns with solid replacement between. The crowns then attach to natural, healthy teeth adjacent to the space left by missing teeth.
Your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. When you meet with our Mesquite cosmetic dentist, he will explain that caring for dentures is similar to caring for natural teeth. That said, here are some important denture care tips:
- Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
- As you brush, clean your mouth thoroughly. This includes your gums, cheeks, the roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque.
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive cleaner to gently brush all the surfaces of your dentures so they don’t get damaged.
- Put your dentures in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping when not wearing them.
- Our dentist can recommend appropriate denture cleansers and adhesives. If you’re searching for products on your own, be sure they have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Don’t let missing teeth stop you from smiling any longer. The Mesquite Dental & Implant Center can help you regain the confidence you lost. Call now to ask about dentures or a dental implant procedure.