Broken or missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment. You may cover your mouth with your hands while talking, and suppress your smile to avoid showing unsightly broken teeth, or the empty space where teeth once were. If you or someone that you know has these problems, it may be time to consider an alternative to natural teeth such as dentures. Dentures are specially made for a proper fit, and can either be a full denture plate for the entire mouth if all your teeth are gone, or a partial plate to replace a few missing teeth.
In the past, artificial teeth were made of porcelain or plastic. Modern replacements are made with resin, as is the structure that supports the dentures and holds them in place. Artificial teeth are normally more fragile than natural teeth, and must be cared for to avoid chipping, cracking, or breaking. Because they are not as strong as natural teeth, dentists will recommend that the denture set be replaced every five years or more. Talking with your dentist will give you a great general idea about whether or not to choose dentures as your option for replacing your missing teeth.
People wear dentures because they improve your appearance and enable normal functions such as speaking and chewing. They also protect the structure of the jaw bone and cheeks where missing natural teeth have left a void. Sometimes, if one of your teeth is causing you great pain, and it cannot be fixed with a root canal, your dentist may recommend extracting it and replacing it with an artificial tooth. A good cosmetic dentist can be most beneficial when it comes to the repair or replacement of your teeth.
At Shervin M. Louie, DDS, we are proud to run one of the most versatile, professional, and well-loved dental offices in Los Angeles. Here, patients can get services in regular dentistry as well as Invisalign and standard metal braces. Dr. Louie and his staff specialize in general, emergency, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry, offering procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants. All of your dental needs can be taken care of in one office.
If you or someone you know is in need of dentures, schedule a consultation at Shervin M. Louie, DDS. We’ll discuss the best course of action to achieve the most beautiful, sparkling smile.