I have about 10 or more teeth that are broken and have holes in them because i have not seen a dentist in about 3 years and been through 3 pregnancies without seeing a dentist......i had a problem with my medical not giving me a dentist.........anyways i really would like to be able to smile again... and eat the things that i want.... if you could give me some advice on what dental procedure would be the best for me i would really appreciate it. thank you shannon
The first step to take full mouth X-rays and get a comprehensive dental exam including gum evaluation. Depending on the health of the gums, you might need a cleaning first. Do not worry about anything else at this time except doing the first step.
Kourosh Maddahi, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentist
Beverly Hills, California
Patients can become entirely edentulous (without teeth) due to many reasons, the most prevalent being removal because of dental disease typically relating to oral flora control ie:periodontal disease and tooth decay. Other reasons include tooth developmental defects caused by severe malnutrition, genetic defects such as Dentinogenesis imperfecta, trauma, or drug use.
Dentures can help patients in terms of:
1. Masticatory - improving chewing ability by replacing the edentulous area with acrylic teeth. Thus enable better mastication and pleasure to enjoy food.
2. Aesthetic - providing the visual appearance of having natural teeth, providing support for their lips and cheeks, and correcting the collapsed appearance commonly seen between the nose and the chin.
3. Phonetic - Replacing the toothless area, especially the anteriors, to help patients to speak and pronounce certain words properly without air escapes.
Types of dentures
Removable partial dentures
Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. Fixed partial dentures, better known as "crown and bridge", are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth to act as abutments and pontics made from materials to resemble the missing teeth. Fixed bridges are more expensive than removable appliances but are more stable.
Conversely, complete dentures or full dentures are worn by patients who are missing all their teeth in an arch (i.e the maxillary(upper) or mandibular(lower) arch).
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