Candidates for Dentures: Treating Patients Who Are Missing Teeth

By Joan Kirschner on December 29, 2014

A woman smiling in a white roomAt Plymouth General Dentistry, we do more than just checkups and cleanings. While general dental care is the backbone of our practice, we also offer the latest cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments to improve the look and health of your smile.

When patients are missing teeth, it's important that the gaps be filled and the function restored to the mouth as a whole. That's where dentures might be a great option, which we'd like to look into right now.

About Dentures

Dentures are sets of artificial teeth that can be used to replace multiple missing teeth along the dental arch. When in place, the denture will allow the patient to smile with confidence, with the artificial teeth filling up any major gaps in the smile. In addition, a denture will restore the overall strength and functionality of the teeth, allowing patients to bite and chew as they normally would.

Traditional dentures are held in place by bracing around the patient's remaining gum and jawbone structures. The hold and stability of the denture can be supplemented with denture creams/dental adhesives, which are quite effective.

Extent of Tooth Loss Determine Suitability for Dentures

If a patient is just missing a tooth or a few teeth, he or she may not need to get a set of dentures. In those cases, sometimes getting a dental bridge will suffice. During the consultation process, your dentist will determine which sort of appliance may be best for you and your needs.

Partial Dentures vs. Full Dentures

When it comes to dentures, there are two kinds of dentures based on the number of teeth that need to be replaced: partial dentures and full dentures.

Partial dentures are ideal when a person is missing many teeth along the dental arch, but not the majority of the their teeth. Full dentures are more ideal when a patient is missing most or all of the teeth along the dental arch.

Removable Dentures vs. Implant-Supported Dentures

In addition to partial and removable dentures, dentists can also determine if a patient is better suited for removable dentures or dentures that are supported by dental implants.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into a person's jawbone and gum tissue. They are able to support dental appliances such as dentures with the stability of natural tooth roots, making them unlikely to slip or fall when speaking or eating.

Candidacy for dental implants will involve having sufficient jawbone and gum tissue in place and good overall health to tolerate oral surgery and the healing process.

Other Factors to Consider Regarding Denture Candidacy

In addition to all of the matters above, it's important that patients understand that they need to care for their dentures in order for them to last and be most effective. Patients who would be negligent while wearing dentures or who might not understand what goes into proper denture care have to understand that caring for their dentures is very important.

During the consultation process, we will be more than happy to also discuss payment options for dentures, including monthly financing options, dental insurance coverage, and reimbursements through a flex spending account (FSA).

Contact Plymouth General Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about your many options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. At Plymouth General Dentistry, we will discuss all options with you in greater detail and help you have a beautiful, healthy smile.

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