Losing multiple teeth can make it difficult for you to speak, eat or even laugh comfortably. Thus, you may already have a tooth-replacement appliance in place. However, if the device is not secured in your mouth, it can negatively impact your confidence and self-esteem.
Your Confidence Can Suffer from Unsecured Tooth-replacement Devices
Your confidence is often dependent on how comfortable you feel in your own skin. Embarrassing moments and insecurities about your appearance can rob you of your self-esteem and cause your confidence to dwindle. When a dental appliance inadvertently slips out of position, it can be embarrassing to you and others.
Many tooth-replacement options, such as full and partial dentures, are primarily held in place by the natural suction of the mouth. However, over time, the contours of your mouth can change, and your dental appliance can become increasingly less secure.
Denture adhesives are available to help hold a traditional denture in place. However, the adhesive can be uncomfortable to some denture wearers. Additionally, it may not provide an unmovable hold when substantial amounts of pressure are applied to the denture as you bite or chew.
Fixed Dental Appliances for Self Esteem and Improved Social Interactions
If your current tooth replacement device is not secure in your mouth, you don’t have to continue to suffer from the associated decline in self-esteem by limiting your social contacts. Instead of retreating from social situations, you can allow Dream Dental to identify suitable fixed tooth-replacement devices to meet your needs. Here are a few common options:
Dental implants are tooth-replacement devices that are embedded into the jawbone. After the implant’s installation, the metal rod or screw fuses with the bone of your jaw. The fusion process, which is called osseointegration, occurs over a period of a few months and ensures that the implant remains stable and secure.
Due to their firm connection in the bone, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or they can be paired with other tooth replacement devices, such as dental bridges or implant-supported dentures, to fix the appliances in place.
Fixed Dental Bridges
Fixed dental bridges can also be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A traditional dental bridge includes a dental crown on each end of the appliance and is held in place by connecting the bridge crowns to remaining teeth or dental implants that border the gap from the missing teeth.
An implant-supported denture is secured in the mouth by a mechanism on the underside of the appliance that attaches the denture to underlying dental implants. The denture remains removable but is held firmly in place when worn.
Improvements to Health and Psychological Wellbeing
With a fixed tooth-replacement appliance, there is no need to fear the movement or shifting of the device. It remains securely in the mouth even when stress is applied to the teeth.
Confidence increases when there is little chance of an appliance falling from the mouth. Additionally, your overall health and psychological wellbeing can improve with the installation of a fixed tooth-replacement device. If your diet has been limited due to problems with unstable tooth-replacement appliances or you have suffered from denture sores due to a shifting denture, you may no longer enjoy eating and could fail to receive the nutritional support needed to sustain your mind and body.
Allow Dream Dental to help relieve your discomfort and restore your confidence with fixed tooth-replacement options that are suitable for you. For more information, schedule a consultation.