In addition to negatively impacting your self-esteem, tooth loss can also affect your health if left untreated. Despite what some believe, dentures are not solely for replacing a full set of teeth.
There are two primary categories of dentures:
- Full dentures are for patients with no remaining teeth.
- Conversely, partial dentures are ideal for patients with one or more teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
In Fairfield, CT, Dr. Gary Horblitt fits contemporary partial dentures to replace a few teeth. Come in and talk with Dr. Horblitt. During your initial consultation, he can help you decide which prosthetic dentistry device is ideal for your case. Even if you still have remaining teeth, here are four reasons to get dentures.
1. Fill in Spaces
Teeth provide structural support for the face. But, the absence of teeth can lead to a sunken facial appearance, which tends to age the face. A significant concern for some patients is aesthetics. So, our team works hard to make sure that your smile looks great again while blending in seamlessly with your gums and remaining natural teeth.
2. Restore Chewing Capability
Missing teeth can inhibit a person’s dietary choices. Beyond limited flavors and textures, impaired chewing ability from tooth loss is associated with lower diet quality and reduced intake of most nutrients. Furthermore, some researchers believe that this lack of nutrients may partly explain a higher risk of disease in adults with tooth loss.
Although eating with dentures can require a learning curve, you’ll be able to eat with ease in no time with the help of the proper fit.
3. Stabilize Remaining Teeth
Even though your teeth may feel as if they are secure in your jawbone, they’re capable of movement. As a matter of fact, dynamic tooth movement allows the teeth to respond to normal changes brought on by aging. After tooth loss, fibers move to maintain contact with the adjacent and opposing teeth.
However, dynamic tooth movement is the primary reason you should replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. When surviving teeth tend to drift, they move out of their normal position. This disrupts regular function and appearance.
4. Preserve your Jawbone with Dental Implant Supported Dentures
In addition to stabilizing teeth, tooth roots are responsible for keeping the jawbone healthy. Our tooth roots continually produce new bone cells as the old ones decompose via the stimulation brought on by chewing.
Dental implants are sought-after over for a wide range of reasons, including:
- The only contemporary prosthodontic appliance that acts as a tooth root
- Increased stabilization
- High success rates
Did you know that dental implants can be used to anchor partial dentures, bridges, and more? The chances are that your maxillofacial prosthodontist can help you find a dental implant-supported restoration that can work for you.
Call Dr. Horblitt to Learn More About Dentures and Other Tooth Replacement Options in Fairfield, CT
If you are missing some teeth and still have some natural ones intact, you have various tooth replacement options to explore. Contact our Fairfield office. Call (203) 335-1011 or message us online today.