According to the American Dental Association, the damage caused by tooth loss is not only limited to the aesthetic aspect of the face; it also causes oral health problems. It can increase difficulties in eating and speaking by having a great influence on the functionality of the dentition. It can result in the displacement of nearby teeth, or dental malocclusion. In addition, it can result in a loss of support of the lips and cheeks, generating unwanted sagging, wrinkles, the modification of the facial contour, and retraction of the gums. Also, disorders in the joints or muscles of the face are possible.
A dental prosthesis is designed to help those who have lost one or more teeth; whatever type they are. They are much more than an effective solution to achieve a perfect smile, which is why at Channel Islands Family Dental, we design prostheses based on use, such as effective chewing, the ability to speak fluently, and an appearance fully consistent with the characteristics of the patient, thereby improving quality of life.
Restore chewing function, being able to maintain a varied diet without losing nutrients, thereby benefiting gastrointestinal health.
Avoids the appearance of aging caused by the sinking of the mouth or a smile with unsightly gaps.
Benefits the correct pronunciation of words.
Restores the confidence to smile and eat naturally, generating self-esteem. It is an important psychological factor.
Cushions the wear and tear of healthy teeth. When there are fewer teeth, the force on each of them is greater.
Maintains the structure of the jaw and prevents healthy teeth from growing poorly or leaning to try to cover the space left by a missing tooth.
Although each patient can choose what they prefer, it is always best to follow the recommendations of our dentists. According to the American Dental Association, in essence, dentures can be removable or fixed..
Types of dentures
Fixed prostheses present more long-term benefits for the patient than removable ones. As the name implies, they are firmly attached to the oral cavity. Dental crowns and bridges correspond to this type of prosthesis since they are attached with dental cement and designed to remain there for years. In order for the prostheses to have stable support, it is necessary to anchor them to other teeth remaining, or the use of dental implants will be required.
- Natural-looking aesthetics: since they are made of materials such as porcelain or ceramic, and are manufactured piece by piece, it is difficult to distinguish them from natural teeth.
- It is the safest prosthetic option, as it is attached to the bone.
- Easier maintenance, since it is not necessary to remove them from the mouth for total hygiene. cleaning is the same as that for any other tooth.
- Avoids bone loss. The union of the implant with the bone (osseointegration) is so strong that it replaces the functions of the natural root, keeping the bone alive and preventing it from being reabsorbed (maxillary atrophy).
- Allows recovering the taste of food since it leaves the palate free.
- More comfortable: The sensation of support is total, providing great long-term stability.
- More resistant and durable, as they are made of metal-ceramic or high resistance ceromers (composed of resin and porcelain microparticles).
A removable denture is not permanently attached to the mouth so that the wearer can remove it. Partial removable dentures are used when there are still some teeth remaining in the area of the dentition, while complete dentures are used when tooth loss is total.
Implants are a very durable solution to replace missing teeth. It is an implant made of titanium whose mission is to serve as the root of the tooth and therefore is inserted inside the jawbone. This treatment goes hand in hand with the placement of a crown that provides an esthetic and functional nuance.
Bridge: a dental prosthesis used to replace one or more teeth. It consists of a series of crowns and pontics (artificial teeth) joined together. The crowns are attached to neighboring teeth or dental implants, allowing the artificial teeth to stand firmly in the spaces where natural teeth are missing.
Each type has its advantages and disadvantages; each person will have to weigh the pros and cons. The decision comes down to general health considerations with each type of prosthesis. Keep these aspects in mind before making a decision.
WHICH DENTURES ARE BETTER?
At Channel Islands Family Dental, we offer a completely customized treatment plan and estimate for each patient. Our doctors perform an analysis of the patient’s oral health to determine the proper diagnosis. A denture is very similar in appearance to natural teeth; it can improve the smile and facial appearance. The best dentures for you will depend upon the number of missing teeth, their location, your budget, and possible other factors. Whether they are fixed or removable, dentures are an economic investment that guarantee dental health and esthetics. The price depends on the type of prosthesis to be used. There is a wide variety available, and the selected option will depend on your needs.The dentists at Channel Islands Family Dental practice certain specialties exclusively, performing these treatments day in and day out. We have a team of doctors for each specialty that work in a coordinated manner, ensuring the patient receives a comprehensive and complete diagnosis.In addition, we have a series of appliances in our offices that obtain a predictable result, allowing us to work with more efficiency and precision. As you can see, dental prostheses, whatever type they are, are much more than an effective solution to achieve a perfect smile; they also help improve quality of life by taking care of general dental health.