When you think of dentures, you may think of elderly people who have no teeth left. However, dentures can help people in many stages of life, including those who have only lost a few teeth. If you are missing some, but not all, of your teeth, partial dentures might be for you.
Partial dentures can do much more than simply help you chew your food. They can actually assist you in maintaining a high level of oral health. Here are a few things you may not know about partial dentures.
Partial Dentures Can Help Promote Gum and Jawbone Health
Have you ever seen someone with no teeth and noticed how their face seems to have a "sunken" appearance? This is actually not because of the loss of teeth; rather, it is because the gum tissue (and the jawbone beneath it) will start to deteriorate once no teeth are in a given area.
Wearing partial dentures helps to stimulate the gum tissue as well as the jawbone where the teeth are missing. This stimulation helps to reduce the chances of the jawbone wasting away, helping to maintain the normal contours of your face.
Partial Dentures Protect Your Other Teeth
In addition to preventing the deterioration of your jawbone, using partial dentures can help keep your other teeth healthy. This is because, when you are missing teeth, it can change the pattern of your bite. This, in turn, can lead to uneven and accelerated wear on the teeth that you do have left.
Using partial dentures can help prevent this uneven wearing of your remaining teeth, helping to keep them functioning properly. As such, even if you are only missing a few teeth, you should consider whether partial dentures may be a fit for you. They can make a world of difference.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600