New Solutions to an Old Problem – Dentures
So…you have a missing tooth and you’ve decided you’re ready to do something about it! A dental bridge is certainly one option to consider, but there are other alternatives as well.
Traditional Dentures Can Replace Full or Partial Tooth Loss
Although they’ve been around for ages, today’s dentures are more comfortable and natural looking. Today’s dentures are definitely not your grandmother’s dentures!
There are basically two types of dentures – full that replaces all your teeth or partial that replaces several missing teeth.
Both types may require that some teeth be pulled or that some surgery be performed on the bony ridges beneath the gums to better accommodate your new dentures so they have a perfect feel and “fit.”
The dentist begins by taking an impression of your teeth which is used to custom make your dentures. If your dentures are full, and any extractions are necessary, a temporary denture is placed to assist with the healing and to provide “teeth” while your gums heal.
A final denture is prepared after all healing has taken place, usually within six – twelve months.
Partial dentures replace missing teeth and are attached to existing teeth with anchors made of plastic or metal.
Both full and partial dentures are removed at night when you go to sleep, so that saliva can “wash” over your gums to maintain a healthy mouth.
Ready to Discuss Dentures?
If you’re ready to discuss dentures, then so is a participating dentist near you. Of course there may be other options available as well, but you won’t know for sure until your dentist sees you!