Dentures today can be made to look life-like and comfortable. Not having adequate teeth for eating, speaking and smiling can be detrimental to one’s physical and emotional health and can have devistating consequences; including malnutrition for elderly people.
Dentures and Partials?
Most people know that a denture is used as a replacement for multiple teeth, or a whole set of teeth. Dentists will often refer to a denture that does not replace a whole set of teeth, but that replaces several teeth in one area, as a partial or a partial denture.
Reasons for Dentures
Generally speaking, young people who are diligent about their dental health are unlikely to require a complete set of dentures; however, loss of a full set of teeth can occur as a result of other diseases, malnutrition, medical treatments for other conditions, head trauma, or poor dental hygiene. Receding gums is common among older people and there is no known cure for this condition. Regular visits to a dentist can help reduce the rate of receding gums.
Your Teeth Need Support
Eventually, the gums may recede so far that they no longer provide adequate support for the teeth and the teeth become loose and will eventually fall out. Often, receding gums make a person prone to gum diseases such as pyorrhea, and it may be necessary to have all the teeth surgically removed. When this happens, a full denture will normally be fitted.
Partial dentures are used to fill gaps left by missing multiple teeth in one area. Partial dentures are normally kept in place by attaching them to the remaining natural teeth with clasps, implants and other methods.
Although dentures are artificial teeth, they still require care and attention. They should be cleaned just like natural teeth, although they require a softer brush than natural teeth.
Please call 713-523-6848 if you have any questions about Dentures and Partial Dentures, or would like to schedule an appointment.