Causes of Tooth Loss
Tooth loss has several different causes. One of the most common, however, is periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is caused by the irritation and inflammation of your gums by oral bacteria and plaque. The longer the issue goes untreated, the worse it becomes. Swollen gums pull away from their position against your teeth, creating pockets that begin to collect bacteria and other debris. As the bacteria continue to attack and multiply, they irritate the jawbone and periodontal ligaments. This eventually leads them to become loose and fall out.
Other causes of tooth loss include such things as:
For a few centuries now, when you lost teeth, your only option was dentures. When most people think of dentures, they think of big, bulky, very fake looking removable teeth. However, thanks to technological developments, today’s dentures look nothing like that, and are vastly different from their early predecessors. Technology has allowed for dentures to look much more natural in appearance, be less bulky, and function more effectively. They are still removable prosthetics, designed to be taken out each night for cleaning and to let your gums breathe. Acrylic resin teeth (which can be made to look more like natural teeth) are set into an acrylic base (which can be made to match the color of your gum tissue). Dentures rely on your gums for support and are held in place by suction. They are available it two different types—full dentures and partial dentures.
Full dentures are made to replace an entire arch of missing teeth (or an entire arch of non-functional teeth). If you still have teeth in your mouth that are no longer viable, they must first be removed. Following any extractions, an impression of the mouth is taken. This impression is used to design and create the denture, ensuring a custom fit.
Partial dentures (partials) are used when you have a section (or sections) of consecutive missing teeth. After all, if the rest of the teeth in that arch are healthy, there is no need to extract them. Much like full dentures, partials are made from an impression of your mouth. Partial dentures have the addition of metal clasps, which attach to your healthy teeth, and provide additional support.
Dentures have several benefits:
Whether you are missing a section of teeth, an entire arch, or every single tooth in your mouth, dentures can help to restore the functions of those missing teeth, giving you back your life and your confidence. Contact Jon C. Packman DDS today to learn more and find out if dentures are right for you.