Dentures have long been a popular choice in tooth restoration options. At Dental Arts Clearwater in Clearwater, we provide both complete and partial dentures to restore the function and appearance of your smile.

Effects of missing teeth

When you have teeth missing, the most noticeable effect is the impairment of your eating and speaking abilities. That is, you may not be able to speak as clearly and may have to alter your diet somewhat to eliminate or avoid things that you have difficulty chewing. Additionally, there is a risk of the remaining teeth shifting out of position and into the space left behind. This can eventually alter your bite and cause excessive wear on the teeth. Even if the gap in your teeth is not easily visible, it’s recommended that you replace lost teeth to benefit your oral health overall.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth have been lost or extracted. There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. Traditional dentures are probably more well-known. Your dentist at Dental Arts Clearwater will take measurements of your mouth after the teeth have been lost or removed and the gums have had some time to heal. They take about 8 to 12 months to complete, which means that there will be a period during which you will not have teeth to use, but complete dentures offer a secure and comfortable fit.

Immediate dentures are created before any teeth have been extracted and are ready to wear directly following the procedure. They offer the convenience of avoiding the time during which you are toothless, but they will not fit as well and will require more adjustments. Generally, it is recommended to use immediate dentures only until your conventional dentures have been completed.

Partial dentures

While complete dentures sit on the gums, partial dentures sometimes use a metal framework connected to the pink or gum-colored plastic base to hold them in place. They are used when some of the natural teeth remain. Your dentist will want to preserve as many healthy natural teeth as possible rather than extract them.

To have the look and function of your smile restored, along with your self-confidence and chewing abilities, visit us at Dental Arts Clearwater to have partial or complete dentures made in Clearwater.

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