Missing teeth can make your cheeks look hollow and your mouth look sunken. More importantly, your diet can suffer. Those missing multiple teeth in a row may want to consider dentures for both cosmetic purposes and overall wellness. Depending on the amount of teeth missing, we may suggest partial or full dentures. During your consultation, we’ll assess all your options and you can choose what you feel most comfortable with.
Partial dentures are ideal for those who are missing only a few teeth in a row. They latch onto the remaining gum line and any intact adjacent teeth. Even if you only have one tooth on your dental arch, a partial denture may still work best, since the remaining tooth serves as a natural anchor. They are held in the mouth with clasps—small wire like clips—that grab the existing teeth. Partial dentures are less costly than other alternatives—ie. bridges or implants. The biggest disadvantage to partial dentures is that there is something foreign in the mouth, with metal going under the tongue or across the palate. Food often gets caught around all this hardware and the clasps often show when you smile or talk.
When your dental arch no longer has any teeth, a complete denture is the optimal solution. You can choose the traditional kind that latches to the gum line or choose to have dentures that are anchored by dental implants. The latter option has the best hold, but involves surgery.
When someone looses all their teeth the missing teeth are replaced with a denture or “plate.” Upper dentures generally work better than lower dentures because of the tongue which tends to dislodge the lower denture. Chewing efficiency compared to natural teeth is reduced by about 75%. Taste is reduced due to the need to cover the top of the mouth for upper dentures.
Dr Becker can discuss all the details so you can make an informed decision.
An overdenture is a denture that rests of a few remaining teeth that have been cut off at the
gum line. The advantage over a complete denture is that the overdenture rests on the retained teeth rather than the gums and since some teeth are present there is less bone resorption which occurs once the teeth are removed. Implants can also be used to hold the overdenture in place and implants also reduce or stop bone resorption.