Partial and Full Dentures
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums does more for your health than you may realize. Keeping good oral hygiene is imperative for reducing the chances of serious disease, and even preserving long term memory. Importantly, obtaining a beautiful smile has been shown to promote confidence, and improve self-esteem. If you are missing teeth, or are in need of having tooth replacements, you have options.
If you are missing one or more of your teeth, partial dentures are a great option to get your smile and confidence back. Partial dentures are typically made from metal alloy, or acrylics. They can be retained through suction, metal clasps, or even small clips. They are conveniently removable, without assistance from a dental professional, and there are numerous advantages for obtaining partial dentures. These advantages include the ability to replace anywhere from one, to multiple teeth. They are a far more affordable option than other tooth replacements, and your partial denture can often times be created for you in as little as one day. Typically, there is no surgery needed and causes no damage to adjacent teeth. If you need more than just a few teeth replaced, full dentures may be a better option.
If you have lost all of your teeth, whether from tooth decay, injury, or gum disease, you will greatly benefit from full dentures. Full dentures are a removable prosthesis that is ideal for replacing all the teeth within an arch. This can be done with just the upper arch, the bottom arch, or both. For hundreds of years dentures have been essential for correcting missing teeth, and modern dentistry has resulted in a comfortable and more attractive smile. There are many advantages of full dentures, including filling in the appearance of your face and smile. Dentures make it easier to eat, and speak, resulting in better overall health. There are three different options for full dentures, which includes conventional, immediate, and overdenture.
Conventional – After your remaining teeth are removed, and your mouth has completely healed, the denture is fitted and placed. This process may take up to several months.
Immediate – After your remaining teeth are removed, this denture is fitted and placed immediately. Measurements and molding will take place during your preliminary visit. The advantage is that you do not have to wait until your mouth has healed for placement, yet you may need to be realigned or remade post healing.
Overdenture – If you have some teeth that can be saved to preserve your jawbone, an overdenture may be used. This denture fits over your remaining teeth.
New dentures may feel awkward initially, until you become accustomed. Good hygiene is essential. Like your teeth, dentures need to be brushed daily to remove plague, and food particles. It is important to brush your gums and tongue with a soft bristle brush, to improve circulation. Adhesives may be used in the form of creams, powders, and strips. It is also important to maintain and schedule regular dental visits. If you are considering partial or full dentures, contact Dr. Barkhordar for a consultation. Dr. Barkhorder and staff, take great pride in making your dental experience as positive as possible. Whichever type of denture you need, you can be assured you will receive natural-looking dentures that match your face structure, and desired tooth color.