Patients over the age of 45 may experience unique dental concerns as time takes its toll on healthy teeth and gums. One issue that may develop with age is the disconcerting and uncomfortable loss of teeth. Age, along with certain health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis, are among the main risk factors for tooth loss due to periodontal disease. Smoking and insufficient dental care also increase the risk.
For whatever reason an individual may be dealing with the loss of teeth, advances in reconstructive dentistry have provided patients with choices concerning their treatment, including dental implants, crowns and bridges, and full or partial dentures.
Today's dentures are not your grandmother's false teeth of old. Dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking thanks to improvements in material and design. Removable prosthetic teeth, dentures fit securely over the gums and replace missing teeth. The two types of dentures are complete, which replace a full arch of upper and/or lower teeth, or partial, which fill in the gap of one or more missing teeth.
When teeth are missing, several problems may emerge, like:
- Surrounding teeth may shift into the space created
- Patients may have difficulty eating or speaking
- The skin around the mouth can cave in, resulting in a sunken appearance
- Confidence is diminished
At Richmond Smile Center, Dr. Charles Martin is a board-certified doctor of dental surgery specializing in all areas of advanced dentistry, including mature adult dental care and tooth-replacement treatments. In addition to providing full and complete dentures to restore a patient's smile, we offer the Fountain of Youth Dentures system.
Fountain of Youth Dentures are specifically designed with the neuromuscular composition of a patient's face in mind. This takes into account how the muscles around the mouth work and what oral structure has been lost. In addition to restoring necessary functions such as eating and speaking comfortably, these dentures enhance the facial profile for a more youthful, full appearance, plump the lips, and may even reduce wrinkles.
For more information about dentures and tooth loss, contact our professional and knowledgeable team today at 804-417-7203. Richmond Smile Center's welcoming and relaxing office is located in Richmond, VA, at 11201 Huguenot Road.
Last Updated - August 2015
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