Understanding your tooth replacement options in Tucson
When a tooth is lost, it can be upsetting. Whether the tooth was a necessary extraction because of significant damage or if it was unexpected trauma, a missing tooth can negatively affect your smile and your confidence. It is important to remember that a gap in the smile can be temporary. There are several options available to replace a missing tooth. However, many patients unsure about how to evaluate their options and make a decision.
Residents of Tucson, AZ, can work with Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman to learn about their tooth replacement options. Dr. Krizman is a trusted biological dentist who cares about the health and appearance of smiles. Most importantly, she understands how the health of the mouth can affect the health of the body and is committed to only using safe and necessary treatments and materials during dental procedures.
Dentures are a popular choice among patients who want their replacement option to look and feel like natural teeth but don't have the budget for bridges or implants. There are several options when choosing dentures:
- Complete (Full) dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. This type of appliance replaces the full set of teeth along with a portion of the surrounding tissue.
- Partial dentures are used to replace a single tooth, or several teeth. A partial denture is an appliance in which the replacement teeth are secured to a plastic base. The appliance snaps into place using metal framework. It can be taken out at night to sleep and when the patient needs to brush their teeth.
Regardless of which type of denture is necessary for your situation, receiving a denture appliance takes several weeks and several visits to the dentist's office. First, Dr. Krizman will make impressions, take measurements of your jaw, and take x-rays. Next, models of the denture will be created to test the fit, and ensure the color and appearance of the device is satisfactory prior to creating the final denture. After the denture is created adjustments can be made to ensure a comfortable fit.
Many patients are thrilled to learn that dentures have improved a great deal since their grandparents had them. Today's dentures look and function much like their natural teeth. To learn more about dentures or other tooth replacement options call Tucson Biological Dentistry today.
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