Our last blog focused on how bridges provide a replacement option for minor cases of tooth loss. But what if you have lost a substantial number of natural teeth, or possibly all of them? In today’s blog, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist is talking about dentures, and the difference between removable and implant-secured options.
Full and Partial Dentures
There are two main types of dentures, full and partial. A full replaces every tooth on one or both arches. The prosthetic consists of an acrylic base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue, and a full row of teeth created from lifelike materials, such as ceramic, which still have the ability to absorb daily bite forces. The partial address gaps spread out across the smile, but is meant for people who haven’t lost enough teeth to require a complete prosthetic. Again, this consists of a base made from acrylic and replacement teeth crafted to blend with the smile seamlessly. We want you to feel proud to show off your smile!
Removable fulls will be held in place with natural suction, or possibly with the help of a special adhesive. A partial uses metal clasps to attach to natural teeth and secure the new ones firmly in place. However, since the body stops sending doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone following tooth loss, these portions of the jawbone lose mass and density and begin to break down. The jaw ridge then changes shape, and the dentures need replacement to ensure an optimal fit. For this reason, removable dentures ten to last about 5 to 10 years on average.
With dental implants, we insert small screw-like implants into the jawbone. Made from a biocompatible material, they bond with the jawbone like natural tooth roots. This process is known as osseointegration. Which means your dental implants can last for decades, possibly even a lifetime, supporting fixed dentures that cannot be removed and never slip when you eat or speak. Your new teeth last for many years to come, helping you enjoy a full and beautiful smile. If you have any questions about addressing serious cases of tooth loss, then please contact our team today. We will examine your smile and help choose the best option to restore function, beauty, and health.
Do You Have Any Questions About Addressing Tooth Loss?
Our team is ready to help address more substantial cases of tooth loss with removable or implant-secured dentures. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.