By the time a person reaches adulthood, they should have 32 permanent teeth; and with their wisdom teeth removed, they’ll have a total of 28 teeth. But many of us have lost another tooth or two – or more.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, adults between 20-64 years of age have an average of only 24.92 teeth that remain. Some adults (3.75 percent) have lost all of their teeth.
It’s difficult to feel confident about yourself when you’re missing teeth. But for those of us who have a few missing teeth, dentures may be the perfect answer to a great smile.
There are several options available for people who have lost some or all of their teeth. A personalized solution can be crafted by a skilled dentist to best fit your own needs and preferences to achieve a spectacular smile.
Dentures are a great way to achieve that full set of teeth you’d love to have again.
For patients who are missing groups of teeth, partial dentures are an option. Partial dentures attach to the existing teeth by fitting over them, adding teeth where they’re currently missing. It’s a prosthetic solution that matches your existing teeth and your gums for a flawless finish.
At the end of each day, you can remove your partial denture and let it soak overnight in a cleaning solution, so it’s ready for you in the morning. Partial dentures require very little maintenance.
Full dentures are very much like partial dentures. They work in the same way, except that they are a full set of teeth, not only a partial set.
Full dentures totally replace the upper and/or lower teeth for a full smile where no teeth currently exist. Maintenance of full dentures is the same as with partial dentures.
Overdentures combine the modern technology that is used in dental implants with traditional dentures. Overdentures are more stable than traditional dentures since two implanted attachments are secured to the lower jaw for fastening the dentures.
This allows an overdenture to fit securely into place. It also helps to eliminate slippage, which can be common for standard dentures.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry defines this specialty as “dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile.” Today’s cosmetic dentists are making amazing strides with dental materials that improve their patients’ oral health and quality of life.
If a dental patient wants a solution to missing, broken, or imperfect teeth that is a permanent, fixed solution, and therefore doesn’t have to be removed at nighttime like dentures typically do, other options include porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns.
Today’s porcelains and ceramics are a much better quality than those of yesteryear. In addition to being more natural-looking, the newer porcelains and ceramics are also stronger and have a better quality of adherence.
A dentist can match the color of the porcelain to a person’s natural teeth, creating a dazzling set of perfect-looking teeth.
If you’re missing teeth but you want to look confident and attractive again, Dr. Ernie Soto is here for you. Call us today at (954) 368-6264 for an appointment, or fill out our online appointment request form here. We look forward to making you look spectacular!