When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there’s one option that has stayed reliable for hundreds of years. Dentures are an excellent way to restore a smile where most or all of the teeth in an arch are missing. Dr. Scott Parker is happy to provide patients with convenient, high-quality false teeth. If you’re suffering from extensive tooth loss, contact our office today; we’ll make sure you can continue to enjoy a full life.
Most dentures consist of a gum-colored base and teeth made out of a hard resin. The appliance can be held in place by natural suction, but you can also get a denture adhesive for additional security. They can also be held in place by a metal clasp (partial dentures) or dental implant posts (implant-retained dentures).
This is what you most likely think of when you hear the word dentures. As the name implies, full dentures are used when an entire arch is missing; if there’s only a few teeth remaining, they can be extracted before you receive your false teeth. Traditional full dentures are removeable; you’ll usually want to take them out at night to give your gums a chance to rest.
What if there’s still enough teeth in the upper or lower jaw to be worth saving? In these cases, you would get partial dentures. These appliances are custom designed to replaced teeth in specific areas depending on where the gaps are.
One downside of traditional false teeth is that they do nothing to prevent bone loss, a common side effect of losing teeth. The degeneration of the jawbone can lead to the collapse of your facial structure, leaving you looking much older. With dental implants, you can keep your jaw healthy and strong by replacing the roots of the teeth, thus allowing the bone to continue to receive stimulation from chewing. Dentures that are held in place by four to eight implants offer more chewing power than traditional restorations and will not slip while you’re eating or talking.
Whether or not dentures are right for you depends on the extent of tooth loss. Sometimes a single crown supported by an implant or a dental bridge might be more appropriate. Also, when deciding between traditional dentures and implant-retained dentures, bear in mind that you might need to undergo a bone graft or another procedure to prepare your jaw to receive dental implants.