National False Teeth Day: Honoring True Solutions to Real and Common Problems
We suspect that the original intention behind National False Teeth Day was to highlight the importance of good oral hygiene and what can happen if you’re not attentive to your teeth. That’s valid, but we think it’s just as important to understand the range of options available to patients when things go wrong, not necessarily just due to a hygiene problem.
There are all kinds of reasons people could need options to fill in the gaps left when something happens to their natural teeth. And there are also more solutions than dentures, which are what people traditionally mean when they say “false teeth.” Let’s explore both sides of that story.
What Types Are Available?
The practice of dentistry has come a long way, and there’s a whole handful of options that we could consider part of the false teeth family of solutions. They are:
Dentures or Overdentures
This is the solution most commonly referred to as “false teeth”. Dentures are removable dental prosthetics created to replace a full set of natural teeth. If you lose all of your natural teeth or have them all removed, you can replace them with dentures. If you keep a small number of original teeth to help preserve the structure of your mouth, you have the option of overdentures, which fit over and are stabilized by the remaining teeth. Learn more about dentures.
Implants are more like an individual false tooth. The difference between dentures and implants is that implants are permanently secured in your mouth like your original teeth, except with a little bit of hardware in place of roots. The hardware is a tiny titanium post that actually bonds with your jawbone to anchor the new tooth. The post is topped with a crown, discussed below. Learn more about dental implants.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. It is like a partial denture secured permanently to the healthy teeth or implant-supported crowns on either side of the gap. It does not require surgery. Learn more about dental bridges.
A crown is an artificial tooth top that affixes to a partial natural tooth or an implant (explained above). If you’ve ever had a root canal, you likely have a crown sitting in the spot where that full tooth once was. The pulp, or soft tissue inside your tooth, has been removed due to infection, a deep cavity, trauma, crack or chip. The crown is molded to fit right on top of whatever is left and then shaped to look and feel as much like your original tooth as possible. Learn more about dental crowns.
Veneers are thin shells of durable porcelain that we bond to the front of your natural teeth. They are a cosmetic solution that allows you to change the size, shape, spacing, or coloring of your teeth. That can be to cover up chips or cracks, even out your smile, close small gaps between your teeth, or even whiten when other whitening treatments are no longer working. Learn more about dental veneers.
What Problems Can False Teeth Solve?
Once you know what kind of false teeth there are, you also have a pretty good idea about what kinds of problems they solve. We won’t go into great detail here, but we thought it might be helpful to list some of the common issues, because when we say “false teeth” people usually go straight to the thought of dentures, and there is so much more we can do!
Here are the common issues we can solve with these various false teeth solutions:
- Replace any or all of your natural teeth that have been removed for health reasons, such as cavities, abscessed teeth, or severe gum disease
- Replace or cover damage like cracks, chips, or root canals in natural teeth for protection, structure and/or aesthetics
- Protect your natural teeth from further damage
- Protect your natural teeth from shifting or growing disproportionately when one or more teeth are removed
- Help you chew, talk, and smile more effectively and comfortably
- Improve the look of your smile and/or structure of your mouth and face
If you’ve ever had any of these issues — and most adults have — then you know what a beautiful difference it can make to have them resolved with the amazing options available today. By any name, false teeth present a true solution for the people who need them.
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