No surprise—what concerns people most when they have missing teeth is the way they look. After all, the appearance of your smile has so much to do with how you feel about yourself. Just knowing that others can see vacant spaces in your smile may make you self-conscious.
But tooth loss isn’t only a cosmetic problem. Having just one missing tooth can impact your general health and well being. You may not be able to eat a nutritious diet if tooth loss prevents you from eating varied and healthy foods such as raw fruits and vegetables.
In addition, the loss of one tooth increases your risk for other dental health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile may drift in order to fill the space. Consequently, your teeth could become misaligned and your bite may suffer. So there are lots of reasons to replace missing teeth.
Many people rejuvenate their smiles with partial or full dentures in Annapolis. Dr. Grosshandler will help you decide if one of these tooth replacement options is the right solution for you.
The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that some 175 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. If you are one of those millions, then a dentist in Annapolis can design either a removable or fixed partial denture to restore your smile.
A removable partial is built on a metal base. Clasps or brackets attach to adjacent teeth in order to hold the partial in place. Mounted on the metal base are false teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth, a few teeth in a row or you have random tooth loss along the top or bottom arch, a partial can be made to fit comfortably between your remaining teeth.
For a fixed partial, also called a crown and bridge, Dr. Grosshandler slightly reduces the size of two teeth to support the dental crowns that suspend false teeth over the gap in your smile. The crowns could also be mounted on top of implants when abutment teeth are not healthy enough to support a bridge.
According to The American College of Prosthodontists, there are 35 million people missing all of their teeth so you are not alone. Nevertheless, your smile is special, and restoring your look is Dr. Grosshandler’s goal with a full denture.
Dentures are designed and handcrafted in a dental lab to fit comfortably along your gums. But they will be a bit snug, too, so you’ll never have to worry about dentures that click or shift.
The base of your dentures is shaded to replicate the look of natural gum tissue. And the false teeth are shaped just like real teeth, so your smile will look natural and feel great.