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Full & Partial Dentures in Monroe

When you are missing one or more teeth, there’s more at stake than just the appearance of your smile—although that is certainly a serious concern that can cause a person to lose confidence in both social and professional situations. Equally important are the consequences to your oral and general health. Therefore, replacing your missing teeth is not a luxury, but rather a necessity. Dr. McGee offers an excellent tooth replacement alternative with dentures for Monroe, LA, residents.

The Risks Associated with Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is often the precursor to a number of other oral health problems. For example, when a tooth is missing, adjacent teeth will often move out of place, which can cause your bite to become misaligned. This can lead to teeth grinding and the painful symptoms of TMJ. Also, the risk of periodontal disease increases with tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults over the age of 30 in the United States.

Beyond your mouth, tooth loss can impact your general well being, too. Even one missing tooth can make eating a well balanced diet with a variety of nutritious foods a challenge. And if gum disease does develop, then there are systemic illness and diseases that may go along; heart disease, pneumonia, stroke and dementia to name only a few.

Dentures in Monroe, LA

To avoid these and other ramifications that can result from tooth loss, consider replacing your missing teeth with dentures. Both full and partial dentures have been reliable tooth replacement options for years and years. Dr. McGee will make sure your prosthetic looks completely natural, functions like your real teeth and fits comfortably in your mouth.

In Monroe, full dentures are designed to restore a smile that is edentulous—meaning all of the teeth are missing along either the upper and lower arches or both. False teeth, also called pontics, are mounted on a base that is colored to look like natural gum tissue. This base rests on top of your gums and is held in place by suction as well as the muscles of your cheeks and tongue. Some patients also use denture adhesive as well. Alternatively, patients choose implant-retained dentures to ensure the greatest sense of security when they eat or talk. With surgically implanted posts holding dentures in place, there’s absolutely no risk of dentures slipping or falling out of your mouth.

Partial Dentures for Monroe

Some patients have only a few teeth missing here and there. In this case, Dr. McGee will design a partial denture to replace your teeth. Like a full denture, a partial also consists of false teeth mounted on top of a gum colored base. The difference is that a partial has clips or brackets made of metal or a flexible material that connects to teeth around the gap in your smile. The partial slips in like a puzzle piece so you once again have a smile that is complete and attractive.