Loss of chewing ability usually accompanies missing teeth, but there are other reasons for chewing problems. Your dentures or dental appliance may fit poorly as the years go by, causing discomfort and pain. Extensive tooth decay, failing restorations, and advanced gum disease can also affect your ability to eat normally.
You may find yourself restricted to eating soft, unappetizing foods. If you can't recall the last time you enjoyed a meal because of chewing problems, it's time to see your Fredericksburg, VA dentist. Whether it's ill-fitting appliances or missing teeth, Dr. Cox can help you regain your chewing ability and confidence.
Crowns or caps encase the whole part of the tooth that is visible above the gums. Crowns are often used if there is severe damage and much of the structure is missing. Your dentist will file the remaining tooth to a stump and bond the crown on top.
Bridges or fixed partial dentures are composed of multiple crowns joined together. Two crowns (abutment teeth) serve as anchors and another crown serves as the replacement tooth. The abutment crowns are capped over teeth on either side of the gap.
Dentures and Partials
Partial dentures are used if you have some natural teeth remaining. They fill the spaces left by missing teeth. Complete or full dentures replace an entire arch of upper or lower teeth. At Cox Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, we create dentures that look healthy and natural.
If you want the ultimate teeth replacement solution that restores almost 100% of your chewing ability, consider dental implants. Dental implants are synthetic tooth roots made of titanium. The replacement tooth is attached on top of the implant to simulate a real tooth.
Eat your favorite foods again and smile confidently! Make an appointment today with Dr. Cox.