1. Dentures are not the only replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a preferable option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has important implications. Dental implants can avoid the bone recession that ordinarily occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can provide patients the near-normal ability to speak and chew.
2. There is more than one variety of dentures. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some existing teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or removable.
3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The important factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment bone for some implant recipients. Schedule an appointment with Dr, Jeff Gray to find out if you are a suitable candidate.
4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice correct oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.
5. Even if you have no remaining teeth left, it’s essential that you have a biannual dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. Dr, Gray will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.
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