Losing multiple teeth can be devastating. Talking, smiling, and eating becomes difficult and may also feel embarrassing because of your missing teeth. This takes a toll on your confidence, and many patients feel hopeless and may even experience depression because of their situation.
It’s important not to lose hope because dentistry has great solutions for restoring smiles that are missing multiple teeth, and Dr. Cradduck is here to help. Here are some of the options we offer at Hagerstown Family Dental.
A full denture is a removable appliance that is typically made of acrylic and designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Modern dentures are designed with your facial structure and skin tone in mind so they offer a much more appealing look and better fit than dentures from the past.
Dentures require a snug fit, which produces the suction needed to keep it in place. Patients may experience a learning curve as they get used to talking and eating with their new teeth. However, most patients appreciate the way their denture immediately changes the appearance of their face and restores their smile and their confidence.
Patients who are missing more than one tooth but still have a large number of healthy teeth remaining can benefit from a partial denture. A partial uses metal clasps that anchor to your healthy teeth that have customized prosthetic teeth attached to fill in the open spaces sort of like a puzzle piece does. Partials are also removable, and they’re designed to complement your remaining teeth and restore your smile.
Dental implants are able to support dental prosthetics like partials and dentures. Implants offer denture wearers a more stable fit so you won’t experience movement or slippage when you talk and eat. A few strategically placed implants will support your denture and keep your jawbone healthy and stimulated, which protects the longevity of your appliance.
Mini implants are also capable of supporting dentures or partials, which allows patients with less healthy bone structure to experience the benefits of implants. Dr. Cradduck can help you determine which type of implant may be right for your needs.
Don’t let missing teeth hold you back from the life you deserve any longer! With more than 30 years of experience in working with patients so they achieve their goals for their smiles, you can rest assured that Dr. Cradduck can help you select the right option for restoring your smile. He’ll also be there to guide you through the process from start to finish whether you choose traditional or implant supported prosthetics.
Learn more about your options today by calling Hagerstown Family Dental at (301) 756-1829 or using our online contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cradduck.