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Nearly everybody knows someone who is missing a tooth. Some people may be missing several of their teeth and many, especially in the older generation, are often missing all. It can be difficult to convince someone who feels anxious around medical professionals to make an appointment when they are in pain. For those without any teeth, eating becomes more difficult, and they may suffer from a lack of adequate nutrition. David Crumpton, DDS wants to help you restore your mouth so you can be pain-free and enjoying the foods you love in no time.
With the most recent advancements in dental technology, it can be much easier to repair damage to your teeth. There are two primary types of dentures available. A partial plate is generally used for when only a few teeth are missing. A full denture consists of an upper and lower plate that covers the gums and is usually secured by glue or paste. Many of us remember the artificial teeth of our elderly relatives when we were growing up and may dread having to resort to that, but the truth is that it is not difficult to restore a toothless mouth with a set of sturdy, functional dentures that look real.
Through implants, both full and partial dentures can be more secure than ever. Dental implants have been described as being as close to natural teeth as you can get. A tiny titanium screw is inserted into the socket where your tooth used to be. Through a process called osseointegration, the titanium fuses with your bone until they become one. A titanium root can be as strong and effective as it was for your original tooth. A crown is composed of sturdy, enamel-like material, such as porcelain, which can resemble your former tooth and be shaped to match the rest of your teeth so that it blends in better. An implant is designed to be a permanent replacement for your tooth, and when taken care of properly can last a lifetime.
Implants do not have to be reserved for those who are only missing a handful of teeth. Even if you have significant degeneration of your jaw due to tooth loss, there may be ways to secure an implant anyway. Your existing dentures can also be fitted to clip on to the implants, so they are more stable and less likely to slip. An entirely new dental plate can also be created with natural-looking teeth, and because it will be stabilized through the implants and not the gums, there may be much less material in the piece. This is especially useful for those who may have a sensitive gag reflex which may have caused them to be unable to wear dentures in the past.
Many people have no desire to undergo the treatment or healing process required with implants. For them, the best solution may be to simply obtain an accurate mold of the mouth, which can be custom-designed to grant an optimal fit. Set with porcelain teeth that look like your own, it could be very difficult to determine whether or not you even have false teeth. You can rest assured, however, that after you find yourself wearing a set of comfortable, realistic dentures, your smile will be quite genuine.
Everyone deserves to have attractive teeth, regardless of if they are real, because of how confident they can make us feel. To learn more about dentures and artificial teeth, please contact us here at David Crumpton, DDS or give us a call at 817-678-7395 to schedule an appointment.