The replacement of missing teeth is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can change position, drifting into the empty surrounding space. Teeth that are out of position can damage oral tissues. Cleaning thoroughly between crooked teeth may be difficult, increasing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease which can, in turn, lead to bone loss of the loss of additional teeth.
A denture helps in the proper chewing of food, a difficult task when teeth are missing. A denture may also improve speech and prevent sagging of the face by providing support for lips and cheeks.
A removable partial denture can fill the gap left by missing teeth and improve your smile. A partial denture can be made of acrylic resin, metal, or a combination of the two.
Complete or full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw and may be either "conventional" or "immediate." A conventional denture is placed in the mouth four to eight weeks after removal of all the teeth; this time span allows proper healing. A conventional denture may also be made to replace an existing denture. An immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The main disadvantage to an immediate denture is that more adjustments of the appliance are required during healing, and after the mouth has healed.
|| You should minimize drinking soft drinks. There is evidence that the acid from carbonated soft drinks contributes to the breakdown of enamel if multiple soft drinks are ingested daily. Dr Pepper and colas seem to be the worst.