Everyone thinks it’s adorable when a child loses their teeth. The little gaps visible in school pictures are a telltale sign of growing up. However, losing a tooth is not cute, fun, or exciting for an adult. It can be traumatic, embarrassing, and cause oral health issues. For adults in the San Marcos, California area who have lost a tooth, Shadowridge Dental Group offers several cosmetic tooth replacement options to restore the smile.
Dentures are affordable, long-lasting, and can be very natural-looking. They have come a long way since our grandparents’ days, and they no longer look like the teeth you remember sitting in a glass on a bedside table.
There are several different types of dentures that patients may choose from when replacing missing teeth.
Partial dentures are for patients with a large number of remaining teeth. They are composed of artificial teeth attached to a metal appliance, similar to a retainer. Partial dentures can easily be removed for proper cleaning.
Complete dentures are for patients who have lost an entire arch of teeth. They are custom-fabricated for each individual to guarantee a precise and comfortable fit that is natural-looking. There are several different ways that complete dentures can be held in place:
Many of our patients opt for complete dentures attached via dental implants. This is because dental implants are artificial root replacements surgically implanted into the jawbone. The implants ensure the dentures are held securely in place and allow patients the same functionality as natural teeth.
If you are missing teeth, it is essential to schedule a consultation to have your mouth evaluated and to discuss options. We can help recommend which type of denture will work best for you and ensure your mouth is healthy enough to place dentures. Issues like gum disease, tooth decay, or bone degeneration must be addressed before receiving dentures.
Restoring your smile after missing teeth is vital for esthetics and functionality. Call Shadowridge Dental Group at (760) 284-8111 today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the various types of dentures.