When you’ve lost one or several teeth, partial dentures could be the perfect solution to restore your oral function. A partial denture is a removable and tooth-colored appliance used to replace lost teeth. The denture is made from various materials, mainly metal and acrylic.
Partial dentures will not only allow you to chew and speak correctly, but they will also improve your appearance by closing the gap, preventing teeth from shifting, and improving your facial muscles. Unlike alternative procedures such as implants and bridges, a partial denture is removable.
A partial denture also protects your mouth from future dental problems that missing teeth can cause, such as:
These issues, if left untreated, could turn into extensive and expensive treatments such as root planing and scaling, jawbone corrective treatments, and facelifts.
Is partial dentures treatment right for you? The only sure way to find out is to visit your dentist for an exam. The dentist will review your mouth, gums, nearby teeth, and jawbone to determine whether you can get a partial denture.
Generally, partial dentures are ideal if you’ve lost one or several teeth on either or both jaws. You can use them to replace severely decayed or damaged teeth that your dentist can’t fix with a root canal or dental crown. They can also be used if a dental accident has happened and the tooth was knocked out or damaged beyond repair.
The short answer is yes! Using partial dentures will change the appearance of your face and smile for the better. For instance, if you wait longer to replace the teeth, there is a high risk of the underlying jawbone deteriorating due to lack of chewing activity. When the jawbone weakens, it will cause your facial muscles to fall, causing facial sagging, wrinkles, and premature aging. Getting a partial denture will lift the facial muscles, positioning your face rightfully.
Furthermore, you may feel bad or embarrassed to smile or interact with people, which could, in turn, affect your self-esteem and confidence. Replacing lost teeth with partial dentures closes the gap in the mouth, giving you a natural and aesthetically appealing smile.
Similarly, if you have severely decayed or damaged teeth, it may not be aesthetically appealing and you may hide your smile. When replaced with natural-looking partial dentures, your oral appearance is improved, giving you a natural, healthier, and brighter smile.
Apart from an improved smile, partial dentures also improve your oral functions, such as chewing and speaking. Partial dentures may make it difficult to speak and chew properly at first. However, you’ll get used to having them in a couple of weeks. Normal speaking, chewing, and laughing will resume.
Brushing and flossing can be difficult when living with a severely damaged or decayed tooth due to pain, sensitivity, and bleeding. Similarly, plaque and bacteria can hide on the open sockets of the lost teeth, which are hard to clean. These factors can lead to dental issues such as cavities, oral infections, and gum disease. Replacing the lost or damaged teeth with partial dentures eliminates all these issues, significantly improving your oral health.
Having a smile that you are not embarrassed to show will help improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. Which is good for your mental and overall well-being as well.
Are you interested in partial dentures treatments, or would you like to learn more about partial denture dental services? Contact Wellesley Dental Arts.