1. Dentures are not the only replacement selection for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a more effective option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has important implications. Dental implants can prohibit bone recession that frequently occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can provide patients the near-normal ability to talk and chew.
2. There are more than one kind of denture. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or removable.
3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The critical factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can strengthen existing bone in some patients. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Malfair to find out if you are a good candidate.
4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice appropriate oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.
5. Even if you have no natural teeth left, it’s indispensable that you have biannual dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. Dr. Malfair will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.
Dr. Stephen Malfair, one of the most experienced and skilled dental professionals in the Kelowna area, has expertise with many tooth restoration procedures. Call 778-478-3693 today to schedule an appointment.