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Even with the modern advancements in dentistry, for some removable prosthodontics such as dentures may be the only option. Patients with advanced gum disease, severe bone loss, severe tooth decay and multiple tooth loss may not have the options of dental implants, crowns or bridgework. For those patients removable prosthetic devices such as dentures or partials may be the treatment of choice. The good news is there has been tremendous strides in dental technology, materials and techniques. Today’s modern dentures and partials are not your grandparents version.
There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to cause tooth failure, severe gum disease you should consult prosthodontist, Dr. David Zelby. A prosthodontist is the only specialty in dentistry which primarily focuses on missing and damaged. teeth. Missing, diseased teeth can lead to several health problems such as heart disease and should be addressed as soon as possible. You’ll find having a beautiful, healthy and functional smile will improve your health and outlook on life.
The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return.