Missing teeth can cause a number of problems with regard to overall dental health and aesthetics. This is especially true when a person is missing multiple teeth. Thankfully there are plenty of solutions to consider. When you meet with a skilled dentist, you can go over all of these matters in much greater detail.
Problems Associated with Missing Teeth
When you are missing many teeth, there’s more to worry about than just smile aesthetics. The area around your lips and cheeks may appear sunken in or hollow since there is no tooth structure in place anymore. Eating certain foods can be very difficult, requiring major changes to your diet. You may also notice speech impediments as well.
If you are missing many teeth in a row, these are all compelling reasons to consider getting dentures.
Ideal Candidates for Dentures
The best candidates for dentures are people who are missing multiple teeth in a row along their dental arch. They should be in otherwise good dental health and understand the denture treatment process and what it entails.
About Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are dentures that are designed to replace a few missing teeth in a row. They will latch onto the remaining gumline in order to stay in place.
About Full Dentures
Full dentures are dentures that are designed to replace all of the teeth along the dental arch when a person has experienced major tooth loss. Like partial dentures, full dentures latch onto the remaining gumline in order to stay in place.
Which option is right for me?
The right option for you and your needs will really depend on the extent of tooth loss that you’ve experienced. For people missing many teeth along the dental arch but not all of them, a partial denture would be more ideal. For patients missing all or almost all of their teeth along the dental arch, full dentures may be the right solution. Your dentist will make this determination during the consultation process.