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By Diamond Dental
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   missing teeth  

What your dentist in Newtown, Connecticut wants you to know

DentureYou can restore your smile with dentures. Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli at Diamond Dental in Newtown, Connecticut wants to share some of the many benefits the right denture can give you.

Dentures can help you in many ways. Consider these important benefits:

  • Better chewing ability, which aids in enjoying and digesting your food, helping in your general good health
  • Cosmetic beauty, because dentures can give you back your full smile, restoring your self-esteem and confidence
  • A younger-looking face, because dentures restore more full facial contours, making your face appear younger and your jaw appear firmer

There are a few different types of dentures for you to consider, and Dr. Vedullapalli can help you make this important decision. You should think about:

Full dentures to replace an entire arch of teeth; types of full dentures include:

Immediate dentures, which are placed immediately after teeth are removed; an advantage of immediate dentures is that you never have to live without your smile. A conventional, more permanent denture is made after you have healed completely.

Conventional dentures, which are made after your tissue has healed completely; an advantage of choosing a conventional denture is that the denture is permanent and you only need to get used to wearing one denture.

Overdentures, which are snapped in place over dental implants or tooth roots; an advantage of overdentures is that they can be more stable and also help to conserve the bone in your jaw.

Partial dentures are a great choice if you’ve lost just a few teeth, but not an entire arch. You should think about:

  • Conventional partials, which are made after your tissue has healed; these are sturdy and meant to be a permanent addition to your smile.
  • Transitional partials, which are meant to be a temporary solution to tooth replacement if you are planning to have dental implants in the future

For more detailed information about dentures, please visit the Dentures section on the Diamond Dental website at https://www.diamonddentalct.com/dentures.html

It’s important to talk with an expert if you are thinking about a denture. To learn more about how dentures can help you, call Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli at Diamond Dental in Newtown, Connecticut today!

By Diamond Dental
April 19, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: bone loss   missing teeth  
BoneLosstheHiddenConsequenceofYourMissingTeeth

Losing teeth will certainly disrupt your otherwise beautiful smile. It could also potentially affect your food choices and whether or not you receive proper nutrition.

But something else just as consequential could be happening beneath the surface of your gums—you could be losing bone. Significant bone loss in the jaw could adversely affect remaining teeth and facial structure, as well as limit your future restoration choices.

To understand why this occurs we must first consider what bone is: living, cellular tissue. Like the body's other cells, bone has a life cycle: cells form, live and eventually dissolve (or resorb), and are then replaced by new cells. Stimulation from forces generated during chewing traveling up through the tooth roots to the jawbone keep this cycle going at a healthy pace.

But when a tooth is missing, so is this stimulation. This could slow the replacement rate and cause bone volume to gradually decrease. The jawbone width could decrease by as much as 25% the first year alone and several millimeters in height after just a few years.

Although dentures (a popular and affordable choice) can restore lost function and appearance, they can't duplicate this needed stimulation. They even accelerate bone loss by irritating and creating compressive forces on the bony ridges and the gums they rest upon.

One restoration, however, can actually help stop bone loss and may even reverse it: dental implants. This happens because an implant's metal titanium post imbedded in the jawbone attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to its surface. This could actually increase bone density at the site.

To gain this advantage, it's best to obtain implants as soon as possible after tooth loss. If you allow bone loss to occur by waiting too long, there may not be enough to properly support an implant. Even then it might be possible to build up the diminished bone through grafting. But if that's not possible, we'll have to consider a different restoration.

To determine the condition of your bone after losing teeth, visit us for a complete examination. Afterward, we'll be able to discuss with you the best way to address both your overall dental health and your smile.

If you would like more information on treating missing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”