By Brookside Dental Care
July 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Missing teeth can lead to a number of health problems, as well as a loss in self-confidence and self-esteem. Accordingly, if you are denturescurrently experiencing tooth loss, it makes sense to see a dentist at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, for information on how you can replace your teeth. After all, there may be a simple solution available: dentures!

Who Needs Dentures?
While senior citizens are often associated with dentures, younger adults ages 30 and up can also benefit from these appliances. Tooth loss is relatively prevalent in adult Americans over 20. In fact, The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimates that patients between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of about 24.92 teeth remaining out of 32. Tooth loss can happen because of untreated dental decay, advanced gum disease, or a sports injury. Dentures are generally suggested when a patient has a lack of sufficient bone tissue for dental implants.

Full vs. Partial Dentures
The two main categories of dentures are full and partial devices.

  • Full dentures cover the entire gumline, protecting it from damage and allowing the patient to chew solid foods again. A fitting process is necessary to ensure that the full denture stays fixed in place during the day. Types include conventional, immediate, and implant dentures.
  • Partial dentures are designed to replace just a few teeth and usually stay anchored in place by metal claps or frameworks. These devices are available from your Stockton, CA, dentist to fill in single spaces, several adjacent missing teeth, or multiple nonadjacent missing teeth along the gumline.

Having Your Dentures Fitted
It may help to know what to expect when you go to your Stockton, CA dentist to be fitted for dentures. If you still have teeth that need to be extracted due to decay or gum disease, that is the first step. Next, an impression must be made using a dental mold. The mold will be used to create your custom denture device, which may take up to a few weeks. After that, you may have to visit the dentist a couple more times for adjustments to perfect the fit.

Dentures Will Help Restore Your Smile
A denture could not only restore your oral function, but also give you a renewed sense of confidence. Call (209) 952-8804 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar, or Dr. Emil Tanase at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA.

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