False Teeth that Look Real!
In addition to the cosmetic implications, untreated tooth loss can result in a wide variety of secondary medical issues no one should have to deal with. Luckily, smile restorations are easier than ever with advanced devices that look and feel just like natural teeth. Here at Southern Dental Care, our team can provide you with a wide variety of restorative options ranging from partial dentures and bridges to permanent dental implants.
The True Dangers of an Incomplete Smile
Many patients put off restorative services simply because they believe they are unnecessary. This is especially common when the missing teeth are hidden in the back of the individual’s mouth and cannot be seen when they are smiling. What these patients might not realize is that they are increasing their risk of countless additional oral health problems including tooth decay, gum disease, facial deformations, bone loss, migraines, and speech impediments.
A Look at Dentures and Bridges
There are two primary types of dentures that can be used depending on the number of teeth that are missing. Partial dentures are smaller devices that will be placed in between the patient’s natural teeth. The false teeth are typically held together with metal wires, gum-colored acrylic plates, or a mixture of the two. The primary difference between partial dentures and bridges is the ability to remove partial dentures at any time. Bridges, on the other hand, are cemented to the nearby natural teeth. They act in a nearly identical manner to partial dentures, but they are designed to stay in your mouth for ten years or longer.
Just as their name implies, full dentures will restore a patient’s smile if they have lost all of their upper or lower teeth. Also referred to as complete dentures, these devices are often made beforehand when a patient must have the rest of their teeth extracted. By manufacturing them before the natural teeth are extracted or lost, patients will not have to go through a period of having absolutely no teeth.
Implant Retained Dentures
Recent breakthroughs in dental care have made implants incredibly popular. An implant is nothing more than a titanium rod that is anchored into the patient’s jaw. After the rod and jaw have bonded with one another, a single false tooth can be attached. Multiple implants can also be used to hold full or partial dentures in place. While the dentures and crowns must be replaced every 10 or 15 years, the implants themselves will last a lifetime.
If you would like to learn more about your smile restoration options, please contact Southern Dental Care at 504-347-1014 today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and experienced dentists. Or you can schedule an appointment by filling out a form to the right of this page!