Dentures or ‘false teeth’ are designed to replace missing teeth. This equally applies to people who are missing a few teeth as well as those who have lost all of their teeth.

Periodontal gum disease, tooth decay, an accident or injury can all result in missing teeth. You may feel that losing a couple of teeth isn’t a big problem but there can be long term consequences of this.

Why do I need dentures to replace my missing teeth?

  • Remaining teeth can become misaligned

People who have lost teeth will find their remaining teeth shift out of normal position and become misaligned. Those teeth situated next to any gaps will start to sag inwards which can cause problems with biting and chewing food.

  • Missing teeth can cause premature aging

Another side effect is that your teeth provide shape and tone to your cheeks and any tooth loss will cause them to take on a sunken, drawn appearance, which will make you look older.

  • Loss of jawbone density due to missing teeth

Your jaw will also start to lose bone density as a result of missing teeth. This happens because the roots of your teeth help to maintain this bone tissue as part of a renewal process. This process involves vital nutrients that travel via the root canals of the tooth and help to stimulate bone growth.

If, however you have a gap where a tooth used to be then this process no longer takes place which results in ‘bone atrophy’: where bone tissue starts to shrink rather than grow because of the lack of essential nutrients in that area. This is why it’s so important that you seek treatment as soon as possible.

There are two types of dentures:

  • Full or complete dentures: these false teeth are designed to replace all the missing teeth in both your upper and lower jaw. There is the conventional type of denture which is designed to be worn a month after full tooth extraction. The other type of denture is the immediate denture that can be worn straightaway but will require some adjustments later on.
  • Partial dentures: this type of denture replaces the spaces left by a few missing teeth. There are two types of partial denture: fixed and removable.

Is there other options for tooth loss?

If you are missing a couple of teeth then a dental bridge or dental implants can help. Dental implants are small titanium rods that act as a ‘tooth root’ and are inserted into your jaw. Once there they fuse with your jaw and together with a special attachment called an ‘abutment’, enable Dr Geoffrey Deeb to fix a replacement tooth to it. Click here for more information on dental implants.

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