If you have missing teeth that are ruining the appearance of your smile, why not consider dentures? With a long history of success, dentures are an affordable option to help you replace missing teeth, whether you are just missing a few or several.
An excellent way to rebuild your smile, our Falls Church dentures are designed to be removable and treatment is highly individualistic, depending on the nature of your smile. Our Falls Church dental experts are skilled at selecting the appropriate treatment plan for you, so that you’ll leave our office happy and smiling.
Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to help patients with missing teeth, chew food, improve speaking habits, and improve the patient‘s facial aesthetics. The absence of teeth can lead to a sunken, collapsed appearance to the mouth-area. By restoring the physical presence of teeth, this malformation is corrected, the patient‘s mouth is supported and the appearance is improved by aesthetic standards.
Types of Dentures
There are three types of dentures:
Complete or full dentures are only required for people who have lost all or most of the teeth on either of the two arches of the mouth.
Fixed Partial Dentures
Most patients missing only a few teeth opt for fixed partial dentures, also known as "crown and bridge." These must be precisely installed, especially when in between healthy teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are different from fixed partial dentures in that they are normally only used by people who have lost too many teeth for fixed dentures, but too few for full dentures.
Stability of Dentures
A frequent issue with dentures is their ability to remain in place during usage. This is based on the following factors:
The denture may have a tendency to clasp tighter and tighter to the gums as the mouth chews food. The better the support, the less likely the denture is to move vertically closer to the arch upon which it is situated.
Movement in the horizontal plane, sometimes described as "slipping" front to back or side to side, can be hazardous to the patient. The quality of a denture base is responsible for preventing movement and maintaining continuous contact with the gums. However, this is heavily dependent on the patient‘s oral anatomy.
Retention describes the tendency of the denture to move vertically away from the gums, into the lumen of the mouth. The craftsmanship of the denture is tested here, as the better the intaglio or the inside of denture, copies the oral topography, the more effective the seal is.
Maxillary dentures, used for the top teeth, achieve better unification with toothless gums due to the improvement in suction from the smooth surface. However, mandibular dentures, used for the bottom teeth, are much more effective if the patient still retains some teeth.
Schedule A Falls Church Denture Consultation
Are you tired of experiencing self-confidence issues every time you open your mouth? If you’ve been considering dentures for your missing teeth but haven’t yet made the plunge, now may be the time.
Our team of professional dentists at American Family Dental Care is always eager to answer your questions and create a custom plan that is compatible with your smile goals. At our Falls church office, the patient is always the first priority. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first steps on your journey to a new smile!