Your missing teeth may have you feeling as though your smile is an embarrassing aspect of your appearance rather than a beautiful trait to be proud of. Luckily, your dentist can help you replace your missing teeth and restore your confidence with dentures. Find out more about dentures and what they can do for you with Dr. Thomas Kauffman at his practice in Atlanta, GA.
What are my options for replacing my missing teeth?
Replacing your missing teeth can benefit your smile in many ways. Missing teeth cause issues like shifting surrounding teeth and bone atrophy, which can cause other, more serious complications. Additionally, filling in your gaps can boost your confidence and give you back your self-esteem. Your options for replacing your teeth with dentures include:
- Full Dentures: This style of denture replaces all of the teeth on an arch and fit onto the gums where the teeth once were. The natural look and the ability to replace many teeth at once make full dentures a good option for a variety of patients missing all their teeth.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are reserved for those patients who have one or more remaining healthy teeth. The denture fits over the teeth and allows the healthy tooth to act as an anchor, increasing the tooth’s stimulation to keep it healthier for longer. Using the natural teeth as an anchor also provides added security in terms of the denture staying in place during everyday activities like eating or speaking.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant supported dentures use the same idea as full or partial dentures. However, while traditional dentures rely on gravity or suction to stay in place, implant-supported dentures take advantage of dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone in the mouth. The implants integrate into the bone and provide a sturdy foundation on which the denture can attach, keeping it permanently in the mouth and giving you a natural-looking and effectively functioning smile.
Dentures in Atlanta, GA
If you think you could benefit from dentures, consulting with your dentist can allow you to determine if this is your best option moving forward. For more information on dentures, including implant-supported dentures, please contact Dr. Kauffman at his practice in Atlanta, GA. Call (404) 524-1981 to schedule your consultation for dentures today!