Repairing the smile is important for many reasons. When teeth are missing, it affects the way a patient talks, looks, and eats. Missing teeth can result in the inability to bite, chew, or speak clearly, and can be a source of embarrassment for those who are afraid to smile because of their noticeable loss of natural teeth. Some patients may feel self-conscious about their missing teeth and not speak to a dental professional about restoring their smile. This is never a good idea, as the lack of teeth within the smile can result in the shifting of the existing teeth and completely ruin an otherwise beautiful smile. Speaking to Dr. Clint Bruyere, DDS of Longview is a great way to learn about restoring the appearance and function of the smile quickly and easily in an affordable way.
There are many methods of repairing the smile available, including dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Dental implants are permanent restorations that can last a lifetime but do have a higher upfront cost and requires oral surgery. Bridges are less expensive and are able to replace one or more teeth within the dental arch. However, some patients find that dentures called partials are more appropriate for their specific needs.
Many patients ask their dentist, what are partials for teeth? Partials are a type of denture that is made of acrylic and metal and snaps into the dental arch with the existing teeth holding them firmly in place. They are different than full cosmetic dentures which replace the entire dental arch and include false gums and teeth in the same prosthetic.
Some patients may be better candidates for implants or bridges, so it is important for them to speak to a dental professional during a consultation appointment and examination to find out how they can improve their smile and make an educated decision regarding the repair. Patients can take this time to ask questions and better understand their choices and how they can improve the appearance and function of their smile.
If you live in or around the Longview community, contact Dr. Clint Bruyere, DDS today to book an appointment and examination to get started on repairing the smile after tooth loss and bringing back the beauty you once enjoyed!