Tooth loss occurs for a number of reasons ranging from dental trauma to old age. Whatever the cause, loosing teeth can be a very embarrassing experience that can seriously affect your self-confidence and self-esteem. Missing teeth can also make eating very difficult and can cause long-lasting damage to the gums.
Hollows left by one or several missing teeth can be breeding grounds for bacteria because they are difficult to clean with conventional brushes and can cause damage to existing teeth. Several missing teeth can also cause irreversible damage to facial tissue. Because teeth act as rigid supports for muscles, if they are missing, the facial tissue starts to sag giving a sunken and unhealthy appearance.
One option for patients with missing teeth is dentures or partial dentures. Partial dentures are used when only several teeth are missing to prevent movement and support facial tissue. Whole arc dentures are used when there are no teeth left in the dental arc. They are generally fabricated from acrylic resins with porcelain artificial teeth.
Dentures should be held in place by suction alone but this is often not possible due to gum erosion. Many patients are anxious about dentures falling out and resort to dental adhesives and strips. These can prevent patients from eating certain foods and can be very messy. More and more patients are now opting for mini implants which can be used to secure the dentures with snap on and off clips. These provide the extra level of security many denture wearers need without the fuss and mess and can make a big different to the patients life.
Dentures need to be looked after just like real teeth and should be cleaned with a brush twice a day. Dentures are also taken out at night and cleaned in water. It is also important to take good care of your gums when wearing dentures as they can often become inflamed or eroded. Visiting a dentist every six months is strongly advised.
If you are suffering from multiple tooth loss and would to regain the use and appearance of a healthy set of teeth, make an appointment to see a Central Leeds dentist and ask about the benefits of dentures.