Dentures and Removable Appliances
Dentures fill the gaps created by lost teeth, and also help the facial and jaw muscles to work properly so that you can speak and eat, and smile normally. Dentures are made out of a plastic base that supports fabricated teeth which is shaded to match the natural color of your gum tissue, and the teeth are usually made of porcelain or plastic. Dentures are made to match the structure and form of your individual mouth, and will help maintain the look and structural integrity your face. Dentures are made in a lab, and are shaped to the exact proportions based on custom impressions of your mouth.
Retainers are traditionally used as a maintenance appliance after you or your child has braces removed. Removable space maintainers are temporary appliances for children used if they lose a baby tooth prematurely. It helps prevent other baby teeth from shifting after that baby tooth is gone, and will make way for adult teeth to grow in correctly.
Nightguards are used for grinding of teeth, which can wear them down and cause jaw problems. Most jaw grinding happens during sleep, but wearing a night guard can protect your teeth. Tongue thrust dental guards are used while sleeping. Tongue thrusting typically happen when you sleep, and can put enough pressure on your teeth to cause them to shift over time. A tongue thrust dental guard puts a barrier in between your tongue and your front teeth to diffuse the pressure.