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What Are my Denture Options?

Posted on: December 7, 2017

DenturesDentures can be a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are the low-cost option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. However, traditional dentures can be awkward as they tend to click when you eat, laugh, or when you cough. Also, the bone underneath dentures can deteriorate over time, altering your smile structure.

The upside is that you will have teeth and can continue to live without oral health issues holding you back. When it comes to denture options, there are complete dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures are a viable treatment option when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are the better option for when some natural teeth remain. Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." We make conventional dentures after removing the other teeth and the gum tissue begins to heal. A conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after removing the teeth.

Unlike conventional dentures, we will make immediate dentures in advance and can position them as soon as we remove the teeth. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal.

Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process. One must also consider immediate dentures a temporary solution until we can complete the conventional dentures.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth that we attach to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which we may connect to a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are an effective treatment when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them.

We then cement the bridge into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the space of missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.

Implant-supported dentures

Looking for a better way to have dentures that stay in place more efficiently? Then implant-supported dentures may be for you. Implant-supported dentures stay in at all times so you can enjoy the food you want and talk without worrying that your dentures will slip. While implant-supported dentures are often known as All-on-4, we can add more than four implants if necessary.

We will tailor the implant-supported dentures treatment process to the restorative needs of the individual patient. Some will need to undergo dental therapy and healing before placing the implants, extending the amount of time before we place the final dentures prosthetic. Implant-supported dentures offer a number of benefits over traditional dentures.

Patients with implant-supported dentures can eat, speak, and smile with confidence, knowing that their dentures are securely in place. Further, implant-supported dentures can actually improve a patient’s oral health. Be sure to consult with your dentist to see which denture options are the best for you.

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