The Pitfalls of Missing Teeth
Losing teeth in adulthood not only affects your self-esteem, but it also causes a number of problems that will progressively worsen without tooth replacements. Missing teeth make eating difficult, and you may miss out on certain necessary nutrients if you have to avoid foods that are hard to bite or chew. This can result in malnutrition or changes in weight. Your remaining teeth will suffer as well, as they will shift into the space left behind by a missing tooth, causing misalignment and excessive wear on some of the teeth. The resulting bad bite can cause bruxism, which is characterized by teeth grinding and clenching, and TMJ dysfunction, which is an inflammation of the jaw joints that causes chronic pain in the head, face, and neck. To help you avoid the myriad effects of missing teeth, Dr. Meilink offers tooth replacements in the form of partial and full dentures.
Partial dentures are used if you are missing one or a few teeth. Also called partials, these prosthetics consists of a pink plastic base that is designed to match the gums. Replacement teeth are attached to this base, and your partial denture will stay in place by attaching to some of your surrounding teeth using clasps or precision attachments. Dr. Meilink has many years of experience in fitting dentures so that they look natural and stay securely in place, ensuring that you can smile with confidence and avoid the numerous problems created by missing teeth.
If you have no remaining teeth, Dr. Meilink will recommend a full or complete denture where indicated. Covering the entire top or bottom dental arch, a full denture has a gum-colored base and holds a full set of prosthetic teeth. A top denture typically covers the roof of the mouth as well as the gums, allowing a snug fit with the use of natural suction. A bottom denture is shaped like a horseshoe, exposing the floor of the mouth and allowing room for the tongue. Bottom dentures are held in place through a combination of gravity and tongue control. Your Kansas City Dentist is highly skilled at providing optimal denture fit so that you can regain your confidence and restore your oral and overall health.
Do You Need a Partial or Full Denture?
Depeding on how many teeth you’ve lost, a partial or full denture could be an optimal solution for rebuilding your smile. To learn more, call Dental Smilemakers at 816-436-8949. Located in Kansas City, MO, we serve the residents of Gladstone, Smithville, Tiffany Springs, Parkville, Liberty, and all surrounding Northland communities. We also service the North Kansas City, Parkhill, Smithville, Platte City, and Liberty school districts.