Most people are born to have 28 adult teeth, 32 if you count wisdom teeth. With so many individuals on the team, it’s no wonder how missing teeth can cause many problems. Perhaps a single lost tooth is not enough to interfere with your lifestyle. But if you lose multiple teeth, their combinations and locations create a challenge for your dentist in Fairfax, VA.
Thankfully, Dr. Cerina Fairfax and her team specialize in the kind of dentures that can correct all sorts of missing teeth conundrums. The denture process starts with the primary division between the main types: full dentures and partial dentures.
How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures are a tooth replacement method that consists of ‘false teeth’ or crowns attached to a framework. This appliance is then secured to your mouth in several ways. But whatever the specifics of your denture, they allow share one thing in common. We design dentures to resemble natural teeth as much as possible in form and function.
But from there, you have many options that Dr. Fairfax’s team can help explain and advise.
Partial Dentures Replace a Few Missing Teeth
Partial dentures replace one or possibly a couple more missing teeth where you still have a few healthy and adjoining teeth around the gaps. These teeth then act as anchor points for the denture frame, replacing the teeth in between.
Partial dentures are also known as dental bridges because they literally bridge the gap with tooth restoration.
Full Dentures for Complete Teeth Replacement
If your tooth loss is more advanced, then Dr. Fairfax may recommend a full denture to replace all teeth on either your upper or lower arch or both. Because they don’t have any natural teeth for security, complete dentures are maintained in your mouth with suction, sometimes supported by adhesives.
Modern complete dentures have an improved fit over past dentures, which helps create a secure seal with your gums. Full dentures are also removable for sleeping and cleaning.
Full and Partial Dentures in Fairfax, VA
Don’t let tooth loss harm the look and function of your smile. Dr. Fairfax’s team of professionals is here to help restore your dental health in a number of ways, including the many types of available dentures. So give us a call today.