Full and Partial Dentures
For most people, having one or more missing teeth is all about the way they look. And that makes sense. After all, your appearance influences not only how you feel about yourself but also how others react to you. A complete smile is a priceless commodity.
In addition, San Antonio dentist Dr. Zamora is also concerned about how tooth loss affects your oral and general health. Research shows that missing teeth can lead to additional tooth loss and increases the risk of decay in your remaining teeth as well as periodontal disease. Your overall well being may be compromised if you are unable to chew a variety of healthy foods that help you maintain a nutritious diet. For these reasons, replacing missing teeth will enhance your appearance and can also improve your health.
Dr. Zamora is an expert at creating partial and full dentures that look and feel great. She works with you and the skilled craftsmen at our dental lab in order to design a prosthetic that is tailor-made to replicate your natural smile.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, around 175 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. That number is expected to increase as baby boomers age. If you are one of those millions, then Dr. Zamora would be happy to customize a partial denture for you. Partials can be removable or fixed; a fixed partial is usually referred to as a crown and bridge.
A removable partial is built on a metal base with clasps or brackets that discreetly hook on to adjacent teeth in order to hold the prosthetic in place. Attached to the base are false teeth. Whether you are missing a single tooth, several teeth consecutively or you have spotted tooth loss along one arch, a partial can be made to fit smoothly between your remaining teeth.
A fixed partial or crown and bridge requires Dr. Zamora to reshape a couple of teeth. These teeth are topped with the crowns that securely suspend false teeth over the gap in your smile. Dental crowns can also be attached to dental implants when abutment teeth are not sturdy enough.
The American College of Prosthodontist also estimates that some 35 million Americans do not have any teeth. For these people, full dentures are often the best aesthetic and economical answer. Dr. Zamora will create dentures in San Antonio that are comfortable but fit securely along your gums so you don’t have to worry about clicking or slipping. The base will closely replicate both the color and sheen of natural gums; false teeth, called pontics, will rejuvenate your smile and allow you to chew and enjoy your food.