Dentures in Los Angeles
Dentures for Tooth Replacement
Though recent surveys indicate that 60% of Americans have not considered a need for dentures, dentures are a reality for millions of people in this country. Over 35 million Americans no longer have any teeth, and 178 million people are missing at least one tooth.
Why Do People Need Dentures?
Dentures are not necessarily a sign of poor hygiene. Though proper teeth brushing and frequent visits to the dentist can keep teeth healthy, tooth loss may not be avoidable. People may need dentures due to an injury, cancer, heavy wear on the teeth, or simply because their DNA caused their teeth to fall out.
Many people may try to avoid dentures, but this approach can be dangerous to their health. Lacking teeth makes food difficult to chew and digest, and people may change their eating habits accordingly. Because of these negative consequences, tooth loss also increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, some cancers and coronary artery disease. Dentures can prevent these health risks by keeping a person’s mouth functional.
Aside from dangerous health concerns, dentures may prevent cosmetic changes that occur from tooth loss. Lacking teeth causes a condition called “bite collapse” which changes a person’s face. Bite collapse causes the hollowing of a person’s cheeks, leading them to look tired or simply older.
Lips are also compressed, and this gives a person a constant frowning facial expression. Bite collapse is also associated with tightening of the jaw, facial pain, more headaches and increased wrinkles. Dentures keep a person’s facial structure in place and help prevent bite collapse.
Types of Dentures
Full dentures are the type of denture that comes to mind most readily. These dentures are for those who have lost all of their teeth or had them surgically removed. These are prosthetic teeth attached to acrylic gums and bases.
The upper denture covers the roof of your mouth while the lower denture is a horseshoe shape to allow room for your tongue. Our dentists in Inglewood will take proper measurements to ensure a comfortable, snug fit.
For those missing only a few teeth and do not have a medical problem such as gum disease, a partial denture is the best option. A partial denture, sometimes known as a bridge, contains prosthetic teeth and acrylic gums that are bound to your existing teeth.
Insertion of partial dentures can be done in several ways. Some attachments are made with metal clasps while others may be attached to crowns on natural teeth.
A newer version of dentures is that of dental implant or overdenture. These are similar to full dentures but are held in place with implants placed in the jaw bone. The dentist surgically adjusts the fit of these dentures allowing for a secure, stable fit. Aside from overall fit, overdentures are also best at preventing bone loss.
How to Choose What Denture is Best for You
Everyone’s mouth is different, and your dentist is here to help you determine which course of treatment is right for you. The dentists from New Image Dental, located in Inglewood are ready and willing to help you get the best treatment for you.