Even a Single Original Tooth Makes Dentures More Stable
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Alyce
If you are already missing most of your teeth and plan on getting dentures, you may think that there is no point in keeping the few existing teeth you still have. However, the truth is that the more natural teeth you have, the more stable your dentures will be – even if you only have a single original tooth.
How Teeth Support Dentures
If you still have one or more of your natural teeth, you may be a good candidate for partial dentures rather than complete dentures. Removable partial dentures are partial sets of prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic base that fits in your gums. Unlike complete dentures that are held in place using only suction, partial dentures often contain metal clasps that secure to your remaining natural teeth, if they are healthy enough. Your existing teeth help anchor the dentures in place and prevent them from slipping, while the partial dentures fill in the gaps where you are missing teeth. Partial dentures can also be combined with crowns, bridges, and dental implants to make them even more secure.
Why Keep a Single Tooth?
There is no need to remove or replace a perfectly healthy tooth. Whether you have several remaining teeth or just one, we do not recommend extracting teeth unless they are decayed, damaged, or otherwise compromised. Your natural teeth help stabilize your jawbone and maintain the structural integrity of your face. When you are missing most of your teeth, your jawbone deteriorates over time, causing facial collapse, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Complete dentures do not prevent these problems from happening since they are held in your gums only by suction, but partial dentures that are stabilized by one or more natural teeth will prove slightly better in maintaining the shape and structure of your jaw and face. For more information about partial dentures or to schedule an appointment, call our office today.
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