Freeing the Palate

Dentures are a common solution to tooth replacement due to accident or disease. Partial dentures attach to your existing teeth and replace the missing ones. Permanent dentures that are built to attach to implants mimic the look of real teeth and are permanently attached to your jaw. Stability is added when the implants become surrounded by your own bone structure.

Dental_Health“There are advantages and disadvantages to both permanent and partial dental work,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix dental office. “Partial dentures are less expensive and easy to make and repair. But they are also less stable than implant supported teeth and can create extra stress on the teeth they are attached to,” she continues.

The major problem with an upper denture, is that it covers your own palate with plastic. The plastic is necessary for stability and strength, but it also blocks the taste buds on the roof of your mouth and may feel bulky when eating and speaking.

Another choice is an implant permanent denture or bridge. The advantages of permanent bridges, according to the American Dental Association is that they are not removable, so they are less likely to get dropped, broken or lost. Another advantage for a bridge attached to implants is that the palate-cover is no longer necessary for stability. The teeth feel more like your own, and the taste buds on the top of your mouth contribute to the enjoyment of eating.

Any bridge, whether attached to implants or not, still needs to be cleaned as carefully and as regularly as your own teeth do. Brushing and flossing are vital to your oral health with dentures, as are regular dental visits.

If you aren’t sure about which choice works best for you, talk to your dentist. There are many right answers about tooth replacement, but one of them is the answer that’s best for your smile.

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