1. Dentures are not the only replacement selection for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a more effective 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 critical implications. Dental implants can prohibit bone recession that often occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can provide patients the near-normal ability to talk and chew.
2. There are more than one kind of denture. Most men and women 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 remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be fixed in the mouth or detachable.
3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be an appropriate candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The essential factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment bone in some patients. Schedule an appointment with Doctor Larry Johnson to find out if you are a good candidate.
4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice correct oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.
5. Even if you have no remaining teeth left, it’s essential that you have biannual dental examination. Optimal oral health is a fundamental component of overall physical well-being. Doctor Johnson 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.
Doctor Larry Johnson, one of the most experienced and skilled dental professionals in the Salt Lake City area, has competence with many tooth restoration services. Call 801.938.3466 today to schedule an appointment.
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