Complete Removable Dentures
Tooth loss can be devastating, but it is more than just a matter of self-image and confidence. When teeth are lost, nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders tend to quickly follow. One of the most affordable and easiest ways to address this condition is getting dentures. Both full and partial dentures are available.
What Removable Dentures Are
Removable dentures have a base that is colored to match the gums. It is made of plastic resin and fits to the bone ridge where the missing teeth used to be. Prosthetic teeth are fixed to this base and are colored and designed to blend in with the natural teeth.
Dentures are held in place by suction, which well-fitted dentures should naturally generate against the bone ridge. Upper dentures tend to be more stable than lower dentures because they have the upper palate for additional traction. Lower dentures can be made more stable when used in combination with dental implants.
Adjusting to Dentures
For most patients, there is an adjustment period in which their dentures feel unnatural and they might struggle a bit to talk and eat. However, the mouth will adjust to the presence of the dentures, with the nerves, muscles, and ligaments learning how to accommodate them. The face will also adjust to the presence of dentures, the new support giving it a more youthful appearance.
Types of Full Dentures
Helping patients get the treatment they need is the fact that we offer more than one type of denture. Patients can get any of the following types:
- Immediate Dentures: Usually a temporary solution to help patients adjust to dentures in advance of getting a permanent solution.
- Conventional Full Dentures: These are what we picture when we think of dentures. They conform to the mouth and function like natural teeth.
- Implant-Supported Overdentures: Using implants for stability, these dentures are anchored in place rather than relying primarily on suction. They can still be removed but eliminate the risk of the teeth slipping out of the mouth.
Do you have missing teeth you need to replace? Contact us so we can help you determine which type of dentures are right for you.
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