According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 178 million American citizens are missing at least one tooth and more than 35 million do not have any teeth at all. Tooth replacement is essential not only for the sake of your appearance—although that is certainly an important factor—but also to ensure your oral, general and emotional well-being. With removable dentures, West Orange and Caldwell residents can restore a natural-looking smile.
The Consequences of Missing Teeth
Let’s start with the most obvious consequence—even if you are missing only one tooth, there is still a visible hole in your smile. For some, this is so embarrassing that they either smile with their lips closed, don’t smile at all or use their hands to cover their mouth when they do smile.
Then there are the other oral health problems than can happen as a result of missing teeth. Tooth loss increases your risk of cavities, gum disease and even more missing teeth. In addition, teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile may shift to fill the space; consequently your bite may be impacted, which can lead to symptoms of TMJ. Finally, missing teeth can make eating certain foods difficult, so your diet may not be fully nutritious.
Solving Problems with Removable Dentures
Fortunately West Orange dentists at D & G Dental can design attractive and comfortable removable dentures to restore your smile, your ability to chew and your confidence. It doesn’t matter if you are missing one, two, three or even every tooth, our dentists will be able to recommend and create dentures to suit you.
If you are missing a few teeth, whether they are adjacent to one another or have healthy teeth between them, a partial denture can fill the holes in your smile. With a removable partial, false teeth are mounted to a metal frame. There are either clips or brackets on the frame that attach to nearby healthy teeth in order to securely hold the partial in place. For missing teeth that are not side-by-side, the partial fits like a jigsaw piece between healthy teeth.
Full dentures are perfect for replacing all of the teeth along your top or bottom arch. These dentures are comprised of false teeth and a base that is shaded to look like gum tissue. The West Orange dentists will make sure the base is snug enough to stay in place but not so tight that it’s uncomfortable or causes gum sores.
Patients in West Orange, Caldwell, Verona, Roseland, Cedar Grove, and surrounding communities who are considering removable dentures should contact D&G Dental for a consultation today!