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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A full 15 percent of Americans see their dentists for placement of full dentures each year, says the American College of Prosthodontistsdentures. That's a lot of tooth loss, but fortunately, these edentulous people realize the necessity of replacing their teeth lost to injury, gum disease, cancer treatment, decay and more. Nutrition and appearance benefit from well-fitting artificial teeth and so does self-confidence. Learn details on dentures from South Atlanta dentist, Dr. Travon Holt.

What happens when we lose teeth

Loss of some or all of your teeth impacts how you eat and how you talk. Many individuals with substantial tooth loss simply modify their diets so they can comfortably chew with just their gum tissue. You can imagine how many healthy and favorite foods they miss.

In addition, edentulous people experience dramatic changes to their personal appearance. Whenever teeth are extracted, jaw bone and gums recede almost immediately, reducing the height of dental bites, collapsing facial contours and creating premature skin wrinkling. In effect, young people look old, and older people look even older.

When facial appearance changes so dramatically, self-confidence inevitably suffers. As the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states, "Your smile becomes you," and if that smile is deficient in some way, your persona retreats.

What dentures do

South Atlanta dentures from the skilled hands of Dr. Holt and his dedicated team fully replace oral function and facial appearance. Created from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic according to oral impressions and specifications from Dr. Holt, dentures fit precisely, helping patients eat, talk, laugh and smile with complete confidence.

Types of dentures

Dentures are customized to patient need. There are two basic types: partial dentures and full dentures. Partial dentures fit the mouth the way a puzzle piece fits into a jigsaw puzzle, effectively spanning smile gaps. The artificial teeth are mounted on a thin metal frame, and clasps anchor the prosthetic to adjoining natural teeth.

Full dentures, however, are typically held in place by the mouth's natural suction. Sometimes, a wearer will add denture adhesive to avoid slippage when necessary.

Full dentures come in two kinds:

  • Immediate, which are placed right after tooth extraction, but must be refitted after gums and bone heal and shrink
  • Conventional, which are placed after the gums and bone are fully healed

Conventional dentures do not need refitting as immediate dentures do. Also, conventional dentures may be supported with strategically placed dental implants, titanium screws inserted into the jaw bone. The denture snaps onto the implants, providing superior hold. Some implant-supported dentures are removable and some are permanent. Dr. Holt helps patients determine which kind of denture is best for their unique situations.

Feel good, look great

You can when you wear lifelike dentures from Dr. Travon Holt in South Atlanta. Why not contact his office today for a one-on-one consultation? Phone (404) 629-9290.