If you struggle with failing and missing teeth and wonder if you can achieve a full smile, don't give up! Dr. Indu Pai and Dr. Nita Desai craft durable and lifelike dentures for their Farmington Hill, MI patients. People missing multiple or even all of their teeth due to decay, injury or gum disease can experience great smile function and aesthetics, too.
When Teeth are Missing
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentists, more than 30 million Americans are fully edentulous. In other words, they are missing all the teeth in the top or bottom arches.
Loss of even one tooth begins a process of smile deterioration. Teeth adjacent to a smile gap weaken and shift toward the empty space. Gums and underlying bone recede. With substantial tooth loss, faces take on a sunken, aged appearance as facial musculature sags.
In addition, the ability to eat a normal diet changes, and people lisp and slur their words when they speak. And then, there's the embarrassment of missing teeth. The social and professional toll can be quite heavy.
Smile Restoration in Farmington Hill with Dentures
Typically, dentists craft dentures from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic. Based on oral impression and the dentist's treatment plan, a specialized dental lab makes dentures that support facial structure, fill gaps and allow for normalized speaking and eating.
Dentures come in several types depending on patient need, budget and preference. They include:
- Immediate dentures--placed right after tooth extraction. These prosthetics allow the patient to go home from the dentist's office with a full set of teeth in place. They also speed healing, acting as a band-aid of sorts on new extraction sites. However, because gums and bones shrink over time, immediate dentures require relining or replacement quickly.
- Conventional dentures--placed after oral tissues heal. These dentures do not need relining or replacement and are usually the treatment of choice. They stay in place with the natural suction of the mouth.
- Removable partial dentures--replacing one or more teeth adjacent to each other or scattered throughout the arch. Made of acrylic and mounted on a metal frame, a "partial" stays in place with metal clasps and is removed for oral hygiene.
- Implant-supported dentures--Either fixed or removable, implant-supported dentures are very stable and feel natural. They attach to the jaw bone via titanium implants, providing tooth replacement that is second to none.
Are you a Candidate for Dentures?
If you are in good overall health and have sufficient gum tissue and bone, you most likely can get dentures from Drs. Pai and Desai. The dentist will fully evaluate your mouth, take impressions and formulate a care plan specific to your needs. Also, she will provide adjustments and follow-up as needed so you enjoy your new smile.
Give Indu Pai DDS & Nita Desai DDS Family Dentistry in Farmington Hill, MI a call. Arrange a personal consultation to explore denture options. Phone (248) 848-1126 today.