Even a single missing tooth can adversely impact the function and appearance of your smile. When patients lose numerous teeth or a full row of teeth, the adverse effects are compounded. It’s essential that patients replace missing teeth as soon as possible to maintain the optimal level of oral health and natural structure and function. At Liscio Dental, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including partial and full dentures for patients struggling with advanced tooth loss. If you want to learn more about replacing missing teeth, call our Colchester dental office to schedule a tooth replacement consultation. We’ll examine your smile, review your treatment options, and help you to plan for the best restoration option for your unique smile.
Partial dentures are used to fill in spaces when patients still have healthy teeth remaining. A gum-colored base is crafted to fit between teeth. The base supports the replacement teeth, and the entire prosthetic is held in place with clasps that attach to remaining teeth.
Full dentures are similarly crafted using a gum-colored base material to support an entire row of teeth. Because there are no healthy teeth remaining, the denture is held in place through suction. The base is molded to fit snuggly against the gum line. This snug fit creates the natural suction that holds your denture in place.
For increased stability and longer lasting results, some patients choose to invest in dental implant-retained dentures. These advanced restoration options restore 70% or more chewing function, allowing patients to consume a much more varied diet than may be possible with traditional dentures. They also last 20 or more years, compared with the five to ten years that traditional dentures last. Dental implants may not be right for every patient, but dental implants do provide numerous benefits, including natural look and feel, flawless function, and improved oral health.
Your Tooth Replacement Consultation
During a tooth replacement consultation appointment, we’ll examine your smile carefully. We will also discuss your current health and oral and overall health history. Next, we will carefully explain each of your tooth replacement options, the pricing associated, and the time commitment. Once you have all the facts, you can take as much time as you need, ask any questions, and we’ll partner with you to develop a tooth replacement plan that delivers flawless, functional smiles you’ll be proud to share.
Caring for Your Restoration
If you have a traditional, removable denture, you should take the prosthetic out at bedtime. Brush it carefully using a soft toothbrush and cool water. Then, store the partial or full denture in cool water or cleaning solution overnight. Rinse off your denture before replacing it in the morning. If you have healthy teeth remaining, you should continue to brush and floss each day. Use antimicrobial mouth rinse to limit the numbers of oral bacteria accumulating on soft tissue. Even without any healthy teeth, you are still at risk for periodontal (gum) disease. Let our Colchester dental team know immediately if your denture is broken, bent, no longer fits, or causes pain during use. You’ll need to visit us as soon as possible, so we can repair your damaged denture. You will also need to visit us for dental exams every six months. During these regular checkups, we’ll examine your denture and help you ensure a proper, comfortable fit for as long as possible.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Your dental implant dentist looks forward to helping you enjoy all the benefits of a complete tooth replacement. Schedule an appointment at Liscio Dental today!