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Your Dentist in Lawrenceville Offers Full and Partial Dentures

When you experience tooth loss, your first thought is probably about the way you look. A smile with missing teeth just isn’t as attractive. But not only that, missing teeth can lead to a number of other problems, as well.

Did you know that just one missing tooth could affect both your oral and general health? Tooth loss increases your risk of decay in other teeth, gum disease, bite misalignment and even additional missing teeth. Moreover, malnutrition due to tooth loss as well as systemic illnesses associated with gum disease—diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure to name only a few—could threaten your overall well being. Therefore, tooth replacement is a necessity rather than a luxury.

Dentists have been using partial and full dentures for centuries to replace missing teeth. You’re probably familiar with the stories about President George Washington’s false teeth. Fortunately, these oral prosthetics have come a long, long way since then. Now, thanks to modern materials and manufacturing techniques, dentures can be designed to fit more comfortably and look more natural than ever before.

Partial Dentures in Lawrenceville

For one or a few missing teeth, whether they are consecutively aligned or not, Dr. Alex or Dr. Pete may recommend a removable partial denture in Lawrenceville. This customized prosthetic fits into your mouth somewhat like a jigsaw puzzle piece. False teeth are attached to a metal framework that has hidden clasps to hook on to healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. If missing teeth are not in a row, then the partial will feature pontics (false teeth) to fit in between your remaining teeth.

If you want something permanent, then consider a fixed partial. More often referred to as a crown and bridge, this prosthetic combines dental crowns and pontics to complete your smile. The crowns are mounted on healthy teeth that are adjacent to your missing teeth. In turn, these support false teeth that quite literally bridge the gap in your smile. If the abutment teeth are weak or damaged, then dental implants can be positioned to support dental crowns.

Full Dentures for a Complete Smile

As the name suggests, full dentures are meant to replace a full row of missing teeth. False teeth are attached to a gum-colored acrylic base that rests on your gum ridge. These dentures not only enhance the appearance of your smile, but also restore your ability to chew effectively so you can enjoy a variety of healthy foods. Many people notice that full dentures also help them speak more clearly, which has a dramatic effect on their confidence.