Dentures and Partial Dentures
Your teeth may be a small part of your body, but they have several important features. They are the first step in the digestive process, breaking down the foods you eat. They help you to form certain words and sounds when you speak. They provide you with a beautiful smile. When you lose your teeth, all of these functions are affected. At Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC, we provide you with options for replacing missing teeth. One of your options is dentures, both full and partial.
Consequences of Missing Teeth
Tooth loss comes with a multitude of consequences:
Dentures have been used for decades to replace missing teeth. They are a removable prosthetic device that consists of false teeth set into a gum-colored base. The base is supported by your gums, designed to be held in place by suction. Thanks to technological developments, dentures are no longer the uncomfortable, bulky prosthetic teeth they used to be. They are made to be more comfortable and are better customized to look more natural. Dentures can be made to replace a full arch of teeth or sections of missing teeth.
Full dentures are made to replace a full arch of missing teeth, whether it is the top arch, the bottom, or even both. They are created from molds of your mouth. Before the molds are taken, any remaining unhealthy teeth are extracted. The molds are then sent to a lab, where the dentures are custom created.
Partial dentures are made for replacing areas in your mouth that are missing several consecutive teeth, preventing the need to extract perfectly healthy teeth. Their design is almost identical to that of full dentures—false teeth in a gum-colored base that rests on your gums—with one extra addition. Partial dentures have small metal clasps on them that attach to your healthy teeth, helping them to stay in place better.
Reap the Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer several benefits:
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Don't let your missing teeth get in the way of the function and beauty of your smile. Contact Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC today at 503-620-2020 to find out if dentures are right for you.