Millions of Americans are missing one or more of their teeth, and many of them wear a traditional set of dentures. But at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, there are other options.
1. Dentures are not the only replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants, used alone or in combination with a partial denture, is often a superior option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has essential implications. Dental implants can prohibit bone recession that frequently occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can furnish patients the near-normal ability to chew and speak.
2. There are more than one kind of denture. Most people are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some original teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or detachable.
3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The essential factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment natural bone for some implant patients.
4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice appropriate oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.
5. Even if you have no original teeth left, it’s vital that you have twice-yearly dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. We will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.
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