You may be aware that losing several teeth means you probably need a prosthetic. However, there are multiple options for replacing missing teeth, even if you have lost a majority of them. Which type of denture do you need to restore your mouth to full function and health?
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- True or False: A partial denture addresses major tooth loss.
- True or False: Dentures replace all teeth on one or both arches.
- True or False: Tooth loss can lead to problems with oral health.
- True or False: Your daily habits can lead to tooth loss.
- True. If you have lost several teeth, then we may suggest a partial. Unlike bridges, which require the missing teeth to be in a row, this prosthetic can address tooth loss spread across an arch. The prosthetic contains a gum-like base and lifelike replacement teeth. The new teeth are held in place with metal clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth.
- True. If you suffer total tooth loss, or if you lose the majority of your teeth, then you may need a full prosthetic. Like partials, this contains an acrylic-based designed to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. The denture also contains a full row of natural-looking teeth. The prosthetic will be held in place with natural suction and if necessary, the help of a special adhesive.
- True. Tooth loss can cause a patient to only eat soft foods, denying them essential nutrients. In addition, major tooth loss can make communicating difficult. The strain on the jaw from tooth loss can allow TMJ disorder and even bruxism (teeth grinding) to develop. Finally, as you lose teeth your remaining teeth can become misaligned, leading to a greater risk of gingivitis and cavities.
- True. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and a diet of sugary foods and drinks can all lead to a greater risk of tooth loss. To protect your smile, we suggest avoiding tobacco products, brushing and flossing daily, and seeing your dentist once every six months for checkups and cleanings.