When you are missing many teeth, there are many different dental problems that you will face. On a purely aesthetic basis, missing teeth will make your smile look worse, and it may make you self-conscious about speaking, laughing, or smiling with ease, even around loved ones. There are functional problems to consider as well, such as the mere acts of biting, chewing, and speaking. By meeting with a skilled restorative dentist, you can get the treatment you need for dealing with missing teeth.
When a patient is missing many teeth, a denture is usually the best option for care. Let's take a minute to examine dentures and the topic of repairing and replacing them if needed.
Dentures are artificial sets of teeth that are designed to fill up a substantial portion of the dental arch. There are partial dentures to fill in large gaps along a row of teeth and full dentures for cases in which a patient is missing all or nearly all of his or her teeth in a row.
Even though dentures are designed to restore the smile and to perform normal functions that natural teeth would, the appliances themselves can be fragile if not handled properly. If dropped on the ground, the denture can chip or crack, for instance. This is why patients are asked to handle their dentures with care to avoid damage.
Some common reasons for denture damage include:
In addition to the above, sometimes dentures become damaged because patients place them in boiling water to clean or sterilize them. This is not advised as the extreme temperature can cause the dentures to change shape, even if just slightly.
When dentures are damaged or become worn, there are some telltale signs that patients will notice. Some of the include:
This will vary based on the nature of the denture damage sustained. Sometimes at-home repair kits can be used for minor problems with the denture, though professional repairs are generally better in quality for long-term durability. If there is a substantial crack or chip, however, or if the denture itself has been significantly damaged in some fashion, it is necessary for the denture to be replaced entirely.
If you have sustained damage of any kind to you denture, it's important that you meet with your dentist for a consultation. By doing this, you can find out if a repair or a full replacement would be best for you and your needs. Your dentist can then go over the necessary steps to ensure proper dental wellness.
For more information about dentures and your many other options for addressing tooth loss, be sure to contact our dental care center serving the San Antonio area. We can meet many of your restorative and cosmetic dentistry needs, providing you with a great, healthy smile in the process.
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