Is your smile missing a tooth here and there or even a complete row of teeth? If the answer to that question is “yes,” then we don’t need to describe the turmoil that can result from tooth loss. You already know that having just one missing tooth can make eating certain foods difficult, such as fresh fruits and vegetables or lean meats. And of course, there is the matter of not having a complete smile. Fortunately, there is a convenient and affordable solution. With dentures—both full and partial— Dr. Adam Jones and Dr. Giuliana Diaz Jones can recreate the beautiful smile you had before tooth loss with dentures in Vero Beach. Give us a call to learn how you can get a custom restoration for a renewed smile!
Dentures are recommended for patients who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth. Beyond what you can see, there are serious ramifications that can happen as a result of missing teeth. For instance, when you have missing teeth, your risk of developing gum disease increases dramatically. This is no small concern because this bacterial infection can wreak havoc in your mouth, destroying both gum tissue, as well as the bone tissue underneath that holds your teeth in place.
Depending on the number of teeth that you are missing and where they are located in the mouth, a customized plan can be created just for you to restore the appearance and function of your smile. However, if you have any existing dental issues, like tooth decay or gum disease, you will need to have them treated before you can move forward in the process of getting dentures.
There are a few different types of dentures out there to cater to a variety of needs. Here is what each one entails:
If your smile is missing just one tooth or a few teeth, then one of our dentists in Vero Beach may recommend a partial denture. A partial consists of one or more replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. Clasps or brackets that are secured to adjacent teeth hold the partial in place. If you happen to be missing several teeth that are not consecutive, then a partial can be designed to fit between teeth similarly to a jigsaw puzzle piece.
For patients who are edentulous, meaning they are missing all of the teeth along the top or bottom arch, Drs. Jones can design a full denture. False teeth in just the right size, shape, and color for your mouth are bonded to a base that rests comfortably but securely on top of your gums. A combination of natural suction, the muscles in your tongue and cheeks, and denture adhesive hold full dentures in place.
For patients who are missing teeth but are looking for a sturdier, longer-lasting tooth replacement option, dental implant dentures could be the solution. Instead of being supported but the shape and suction of the gum tissue, these dentures are held into place with titanium, screw-like implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They allow for additional chewing power and prevent bone loss over time.
There are all sorts of different benefits you can expect by choosing dentures as a tooth replacement option. Here are a handful of them: