Missing multiple teeth presents daily challenges that most of us take for granted. You may have trouble chewing and eating the foods you used to enjoy. You might feel self-conscious when you smile or talk to other people. Did you know that they’re also affecting your oral health? Missing teeth lead to shifting, bone loss, and ultimately more tooth loss. The good news is that Serenity Family Dentistry has solutions for you! We’ll not only restore the appearance of your smile and your confidence, Dr. O’Connor will ensure that with your new teeth, you also have all the function you once enjoyed.
A denture is an oral appliance that is designed to restore an entire arch of teeth with aesthetically pleasing prosthetic teeth. Dr. O’Connor combines her artistry and skill to design a denture that will complement your facial features and restore your smile. Dentures rely on a secure fit and suction to stay in place and you can remove them at night for cleaning. There is a learning curve when you first start wearing your denture as it takes time to get used to talking and eating with it. Patients truly appreciate however, how a denture immediately restores their smile.
Don’t Let Missing Teeth Ruin Your Smile
A partial denture is also removable, and is an ideal option for patients missing multiple teeth, but still retaining many healthy teeth. Traditionally using metal clasps to anchor to your existing teeth, a partial has prosthetic teeth attached that fill in the holes like a puzzle piece to complete your smile.
Flexible dentures, often referred to as “flexi” partials, are dentures made from a flexible, life-like resin material. There are also brands for the flexible material – Valplast is a common brand. The material of the flexible denture basic is translucent and custom made to the shade of your gums. The denture does not have metal clasps but instead has gum colored flexible clasps and rests on your gums for support. Traditional partial dentures, unlike flexible partial dentures, are made from metal and acrylic bases. The metal can be unsightly and many patients worry if the metal clasps can be seen when they smile. The acrylic of a traditional denture can match your gum shade well, but it isn’t translucent and life-like like flexible dentures. Flexible dentures are also a good option for those with acrylic or metal allergies.
Implant Supported Prosthetics
Dental implants can be used to support dental prosthetics such as dentures, partials, and bridges in order to provide a more secure and stable fit. Implants are strategically placed in your bone, and Dr. O’Connor will design your appliance to attach to the implants. This ensures that you don’t experience any movement or slippage when you talk or eat. Implants also help to protect your bone from deteriorating, as they provide the stimulation your bone needs to stay healthy. A healthy jawbone ensures the longevity of your appliance.
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When you’re living with multiple missing teeth, sometimes your situation may begin to feel hopeless. Dr. O’Connor and her team are here to guide you through the process of restoring your teeth from start to finish. We’ll discuss your needs and goals with you to determine which type of treatment will best suit your needs.
If you choose an implant-supported restoration, Dr. O’Connor will personally recommend a trusted specialist to perform your placement surgery, and after the appropriate healing time, you’ll return to Serenity Family Dentistry to complete your procedure.