Replacing missing teeth is important for your oral health as well as your general well-being. Dentures are removable oral prosthetics that replace missing teeth, restore your ability to chew your food and provide the required support needed for lips and cheeks.
The mouth is the first part of the digestive process. Ideally, food is chewed and broken down sufficiently so that the body can absorb the most nutrients available. When you are unable to adequately chew your food, it impacts the digestive system. When you are missing teeth, you are probably not chewing your food sufficiently. Large chunks of food are more difficult to digest. Dentures replace those missing teeth so you can chew better, and get the most nutrition out of the foods you eat.
In addition to affecting your health, missing teeth also impact your appearance. Large gaps between teeth can ruin your smile. Your teeth also supply support for your facial muscles. When you lose teeth, the support is also lost. Depending on which teeth and how many are missing, your lips and/or cheeks may look saggy or collapse completely, causing you to look older than your actual age. Replacing your missing teeth with dentures helps you look younger and rejuvenated.
Edentulous patients have more serious risks. Researchers discovered that adults who are completely without teeth have an increased risk of chronic kidney disease. Complete dentures can restore your ability to eat well and provide you with a new, beautiful smile.
Some individuals may have some missing teeth but are not completely without teeth. For these patients, options for tooth replacement include dental implants, implant supported bridges, traditional dental bridges or partial dentures. Partial dentures are generally the most affordable of all options.
The partial denture is removable and recommended when implants and dental bridgework are not advisable. Partial dentures help your remaining natural teeth to stay in the correct position. They also supply support for your facial muscles and allow you to chew your food into the tiny bits needed for optimal digestion and nutrient uptake.
Whether you are in need of full or partial dentures, replacing your missing teeth is an important health concern. Discover your best options for restoring missing teeth. Contact Avalon Dental Group, and schedule a consultation appointment.