Complete, Partials, & Implant-Supported Dentures
Tooth loss can be a devastating blow to your self-esteem, making you feel ashamed and embarrassed about showing your smile. Currently, nearly 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth from their mouth, and of them, 36 million are missing all of them. While tooth loss is extremely common, you can restore your smile and your confidence with ease by choosing dentures. We here at Summercrest Dental have the skill and knowledge to help you decide what type of dentures are best for you, whether you elect to have either complete or partial dentures or if you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures.
What Type of Denture is Best for Me?
Your smile says so much about you, but if you are hesitating about revealing it, it may hinder you from forging lasting relationships, falling in love, and even progressing and getting promotions at work. Whether we like it or not, our smile is under constant scrutiny. Having the confidence to share it with the world can be incredibly beneficial. If you are missing teeth, you may choose to replace those teeth with either a complete or partial denture.
Depending on the severity of your tooth loss, partial dentures may be a better fit for you. Missing a few teeth can have lasting and devastating effects on your mouth. You may start to suffer from jaw pain, and your remaining teeth may start to shift and drift into the open space, leading to further tooth loss. Partial dentures help prevent these complications from arising. Typically made of composite or porcelain prosthesis set in an acrylic or nylon tray, they are fitted to your gums and supported by your remaining teeth. They can be taken out to clean, as well.
Full dentures, also called complete dentures, are similar to partial dentures. Like partial dentures, they are attached to a flesh-colored tray and fit securely in your mouth. Denture adhesive can also help ensure a good fit. These can help prevent your face from taking on an aged, sagging appearance and improve your ability to speak clearly and eat your favorite foods. If you need to have teeth removed before being fitted for the dentures, you may have to wait several months for your gums to heal before you can finally wear them regularly. However, if you had lost your teeth some time ago, you can move forward with your dentures much sooner. These can also be taken out for cleaning.
Finally, implant-supported dentures are a great option for many patients because they are permanent. They are attached to your jawbone with a titanium dental implant post, giving you a secure and natural appearance. These also help prevent bone loss, which can occur after you lose teeth. Your bite ability, and ability to chew, is greatly improved over conventional dentures. There is a brief waiting period to have them finalized, between five to seven months, to allow your gums to heal after placing the titanium posts. Unlike conventional dentures, which need to be fully replaced every ten years, implant-supported dentures will last much longer.
If you have sustained tooth loss, and are interested in learning more about dentures, please give us a call here today at Summercrest Dental at (503) 649-7701 to schedule an appointment with a consultation for complete or partial, or implant-supported dentures, with us!