Conventional dentures have long been a popular restoration option for those who have lost a full arch of teeth. Dentures can be used to replace the upper and lower teeth. Your dentist may recommend partial dentures when just some teeth are missing. Top dentures are secured with a close fit and suction while lower dentures can be retained with a proper fit and gravity. Some patients may feel more comfortable or confident using denture adhesive. Partial dentures are secured by a clip that attaches to your other teeth. If you are missing some or all over your teeth, your North Hollywood dentist can help you learn if dentures may be right for you.
Although dentures can restore the appearance of your smile, they may not be the most effective restoration available. Over time, gum and bone loss can occur, which may affect the fit of dentures. They may be more likely to click or create mouth sores. The bone and tissue loss associated with missing teeth can also affect your overall appearance and cause premature wrinkling. Your dentist will regularly check the fit of your dentures and adjust them as needed to ensure continued oral health.
Dental implants are another alternative. Dental implants are titanium root forms that fit into the socket of the lost tooth or teeth in order to provide a restoration that can last a lifetime. Your dentist can use dental implants to replace a single missing tooth or a full mouthful of teeth. A dental implant is designed to anchor a prosthetic tooth, which means they can be used with dental crowns, bridges or even dentures. They look, feel and act just like your own teeth, and they can preserve the bone and tissue surrounding your teeth by integrating with the bone and taking the place of the root of the missing tooth or teeth.