Missing teeth can cause a variety of health issues. In addition to impacting your self-esteem due to a less than appealing smile, gaps in your teeth can affect your oral health, general well-being and speech. When you have multiple teeth missing, you have less surface area for adequately chewing your food. This means that your body is not getting the optimum nutrition from the foods you are ingesting. Your mouth is the beginning of your digestive system, so when it is not in top shape, your entire body can suffer. Research has shown that people who are missing all of their teeth are more prone to chronic kidney problems. Restoring those missing teeth with dental treatments not only improves your appearance, but your overall health also improves.
Full & Complete Dentures
If all of your teeth on the upper or lower jaw are missing you are a candidate for full dentures. If both upper and lower jaws have no teeth, then you would benefit from complete dentures. Made from acrylic, the dentures look much like natural teeth and they restore your ability to chew your food properly. They also help to improve your speech. In the beginning it may take a little while to get used to wearing them and you may experience some sore spots. This is to be expected and Dr. Cochran may need to make some adjustments to your new dentures from time to time to make sure they are fitting properly.
If you only have one or multiple teeth missing on either jaw, a partial denture may be suggested. Sometimes when bridgework is not an option but teeth need replacing, a partial denture may be the best option. Partial dentures are made to look like your natural teeth and gums. They are also the more economical answer to bridgework or dental implants.
If you have missing teeth that need to be replaced, contact Dr. C Family Dentistry today and make an appointment for a consultation. Dr. Cochran will examine your teeth and let you know what your best options are for restoring your smile.