Dentures in Williamstown, NJ
Whether you are missing one tooth or a whole row of teeth, the need for replacement cannot be understated. Having a complete smile not only impacts the way you feel about yourself—and, quite frankly, what others think when they see you—but can also influence both your oral health and physical well being. At iSmile Dental Arts, Dr. Kassem offers three different types of dentures: partial, full and implant retained. All are a reliable method of providing you with a smile that is strong, durable and natural looking.
The Consequences of Missing Teeth
Just in case the appearance of a missing tooth isn’t enough to convince you to have dentures, here are some other important factors to consider. First, a missing tooth increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, two conditions that are often a leading cause of tooth loss initially. Secondly, the adjacency of teeth not only looks attractive it also helps to maintain a proper bite and alignment. When a tooth is missing, others may start to shift in order to fill the vacant spot. Finally, tooth loss can make eating a nutritious diet more difficult. Many people with missing teeth are forced to eat a soft diet that does not include healthy raw vegetable and lean meats. For all of these reasons and more, tooth replacement is essential.
Partial dentures are ideal if you are missing one or a few teeth. Even if the missing teeth are not consecutive, Dr. Kassem can design a partial denture to fit between your remaining teeth. A partial is made of false teeth, also called pontics, which are attached to a metal framework. The frame is usually hidden and comfortably clips to adjacent teeth.
For patients who are missing all of their teeth along one or both arches, Williamstown dentist Dr. Kassem can design a full denture. Thanks to advances in dental prosthetic materials and production, your new dentures will look natural and feel comfortable in your mouth. Of course, you’ll need to be patient, because adjusting to dentures does take a bit of time. But once you’re used to your dentures, you’ll be amazed at how good they look and how securely they stay in place.
Implant Retained Dentures
For the ultimate in a secure fit, Dr. Kassem recommends implant-retained dentures. These are held in place by dental implants that are surgically embedded in your jaw by an oral surgeon or periodontist that Dr. Kassem works with regularly. Once you’ve healed and the implants are fully integrated with the bone, Dr. Kassem attaches your denture. Some patients who have been wearing removable dentures for years switch to implant-retained dentures and are remarkably impressed by how securely they fit.