If you have lost one or more teeth, replacing them is essential to preserving your oral health and the attractiveness of your smile. Dentures are the oldest tooth replacement technology, but modern options are more comfortable and natural in appearance than older types.
Dentures Don’t Have to Be Uncomfortable
Patients often have a denture complaint. Common complaints include:
- Slippage when talking
- Chewing problems
- Look unattractive
Modern dental technology has made dentures more comfortable and natural-looking than ever. If yours appear bulky or slip when you talk, they may not fit properly. Over time, natural gum ridges can wear down or the bone beneath can be removed by the body because it is no longer necessary to support teeth. They will then need to be refitted. Sometimes discomfort may be caused by poor fit, but other times it may be caused by sharp parts in your jawbone where your teeth used to sit. Dr. Polley is an experienced dentist who can replace worn dentures and restore your mouth’s function and appearance.
Dental Implant Supported
If security and function are as important to you as appearance, then you want dentures supported by dental implants. Dental implants are anchored in your jawbone just like natural teeth, so they can improve the function of your mouth. They can be secured with just a few dental implants, sometimes even with mini implants, making it possible for people with less bone because of years spent wearing traditional options, to get dental implant dentures. The added benefit of dental implants is that they discourage bone resorption, which is the body’s natural tendency to lose bone structure in the jaw in the absence of teeth that would usually stimulate the retention of bone.
What’s the difference between full and partial dentures?
Partial dentures, often referred to as partials, consist of several teeth on a gum colored base. A custom partial fits with existing teeth to complete a smile. Partials are secured with clips or brackets and can be removed for cleaning. Full dentures replace a complete row of upper or lower teeth and have to be secured with adhesive, dental implants, or mini dental implants. Dr. Polley will evaluate your unique case and discuss your goals to determine which prosthetic is right for you.