Tooth loss can affect anyone at any time whether they are in their 30s or 80s. While losing teeth can be prevented in many cases, everything from high sugar diets to poor oral hygiene practices effectively guarantees that gum disease will strike a large number of Americans every year, many well before retirement age. But even for the conscientious who brush and floss daily and get yearly
professional dental cleanings, unforeseen events like a car accident or sports injury can also result in a few missing teeth.
The good news is that tooth replacement options have never been better. Dentures now offer a variety of modern and cosmetically attractive options for patients of all ages and stages of tooth loss.
Modern Denture Designs
Gone are the days of artificial looking, ill-fitting dentures. There are now several sophisticated and natural looking options for people missing all, most, or just a few teeth. And while some people might associate dentures with older age, they are actually a practical and versatile option for restoring a damaged smile, no matter how old a patient is, or the cause of the tooth loss.
Additionally, dentures can also help to revive the appearance of the entire face, by filling out the sags and contours that develop along the jaw line when missing teeth are not replaced. In this regard, they can actually make a person appear younger, by mitigating one of the many side effects of tooth loss - sunken cheeks and skin laxity around the mouth.
Types of Dentures
- Immediate dentures
- Conventional dentures
- Implant-supported overdentures
- Transitional partial dentures
- Removable partial dentures
How Dentures Are Made and Fitted
Making quality dentures is a blend of science and art. First, an accurate impression (mold) is made of the alveolar ridges on the top and bottom of your mouth. The base of the denture is made from this mold in a dental laboratory. Working together, the dentist and lab technician choose from among many different sizes and shapes of prosthetic teeth to re-create a natural-looking smile. When everyone is satisfied with the result, the temporary dentures are made in permanent form.
To enable normal speech and eating, it's crucial to balance your bite. This means that the upper and lower dentures come together and properly stabilize each other. The form and function of the dentures are carefully checked to ensure that they are working and fitting properly.
Are you interested in dentures? Call JP Dental Care in Reno, NV today at (775) 853-0503 to schedule a consultation!
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