While adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, several situations can affect their longevity. Some patients may take poor care of their smiles and may develop periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can result in tooth loss when patients let it go without treatment. Other patients may lose teeth due to large areas of decay that requires extraction. Whatever the reason, Dr. France Chevalier will stress the importance of replacing these teeth for aesthetics and function of the smile. For many patients, this means considering false teeth.
Ottawa area patients may be turned off by the idea of having false teeth. However, dentures and other restorative solutions have come a long way over the years. False teeth look natural, function better, and are more affordable than ever before. Dr. France Chevalier offers several options for patients considering restoring their smiles after tooth loss, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures.
Dentures come in two types: partial and full. Patients with one or more teeth missing may benefit from a partial denture, which fits into the dental arch with metal framework in a similar manner as a retainer while filling the gaps with false teeth. Patients who are missing a large number of teeth and are interested in extracting all of them will benefit from full dentures instead, meant to replace an entire arch.
Both partial and full dentures have many benefits. They:
- Restore chewing, biting, and speaking function.
- Hold firmly in place with metal framework, dental implants, or natural suction.
- Look natural within the smile, making it a discreet yet beautiful replacement.
- Are economical and most patients can afford them.
- Are often covered in part or in full by dental insurance plans
Dr. France Chevalier is committed to assisting patients in restoring their smiles after tooth loss and encourages patients to schedule a consultation visit to learn more about dentures and other tooth replacement options available to them. There is no "one size fits all" solution to tooth loss, so speaking with a dental professional is the best way to compare all options available.
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