Tooth loss is an unfortunate but common reality that many people face. It affects self-confidence, speaking and eating abilities, and overall oral health if you leave it untreated. In fact, just 2 years after tooth loss, a person can lose 50% of their bone density in the jaw. The good news is there are several options available to you when trying to treat tooth loss.
A traditional form of tooth replacement is dentures. Conventional dentures are created by making a wax mold of your bite, and then from there, making a set of false teeth, from an array of materials such as plastic or porcelain. These false teeth would fit to the ridges of your gums, but could be easily taken out and put back into your mouth.
This practice is still used today, but there are some problems people often face with this method of tooth replacement. Regular dentures can shift in your mouth, and cause an older, sunken looking face. They can also limit the foods you can eat because they will fall out or get stuck. They can cause unclear speech, and often look unnatural. And because dentures rely on suction to stay in, their permanence is not very dependable.
If you live in the St. George area, you’re in luck, because Dr. Olsen at Red Cliffs Dental has several solutions that are far superior to a traditional denture. He uses new technology to make dentures that will fit your face perfectly and are more secure. They can make you look 10-20 years younger and they are completely functional. You can chew and speak with ease, and they look much more realistic than any other form of removable dentures.
There are other ways you can make a denture-like device that will be much longer lasting. We have already discussed bridges, veneers, and dental implants, but another common method of tooth replacement is a permanent denture. This can be a full set or a partial set of false teeth. The way it works is by combining implants, bridges, and dentures. Basically, there is an abutment on either side of a full arch. In between are false teeth.This system is not removeable, so it is much more reliable. If you have several or all of your teeth missing, this may be the best and most affordable option for you.
If you have any questions about tooth replacement methods, and what may be best for you, Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, Utah has all of the answers for you. Give us a call and we’d be happy to help!