For millions of Americans, tooth loss means damage to their self-esteem as well as negative dental health effects. Besides making you feel embarrassed about your appearance, missing teeth can cause your neighboring teeth and jawbone to be at risk for injury, decay, and infection. Dentures and partials offer you the opportunity to bring back your smile. The limitations that come with missing teeth disappear, and you’re able to enjoy life to the fullest again.
An incomplete smile really isn’t a smile at all. In fact, just a single missing tooth can cause many oral health problems, but an entire missing arch causes a special set of dental issues. Difficulty speaking, low self-confidence, even jawbone deterioration. But don’t give up on your smile, Dr. Mosby offers modern, natural-looking dentures and partials at our Kingwood dentist office.
A partial denture is usually referred to simply as a partial. The partial denture consists of several teeth affixed to a gum-colored base. Instead of teeth in a row, the partial denture replaces missing teeth that are spread across the smile and fit like puzzle pieces with your existing teeth. Dr. Mosby may suggest a fixed or removable partial denture that is secured with brackets or clips.
For patients missing a full arch of teeth, our Kingwood dentist office offers full dentures. A full denture consists of a complete set of top or bottom teeth that are affixed to a gum-colored base. Full dentures are removable and may employ an open or closed palate design. When upper dentures fit properly, suction should hold them nicely in place, though many patients use adhesives and creams for extra stability.
Implant-retained dentures use dental implants as a base for the denture prosthetic. The small titanium dental implant post is placed in the jawbone just below the gum. A custom-made denture then snaps onto the posts which hold the prosthetic securely in place. With implant-retained dentures, patients don’t have to worry about the proper fit, slipping, sliding, or additional visits to adjust the denture. Implant-retained dentures are also fixed and only removable by the dentist. This means taking care of your implant-retained denture is simple and doesn’t require soaking or specials cleansers.
Nothing can recreate your natural dentition perfectly, but modern, custom-crafted dentures and partials can come close. Dr. Mosby will take exact impressions so that your new dentures will be crafted and matched to fit your smile. With maximum comfort and beauty, you will hardly remember that your dentures aren't the real thing. For greater stability, you may want to consider mini implant-supported dentures.
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