Types of Dentures
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace several or all of the teeth in a dental arch. There are two main types of dentures – full and partial. If you only need some teeth replaced, we will use partial dentures to fill in the gaps. However, if you need to replace all of the teeth in a dental arch, we will use full dentures instead.
Traditional full dentures stay in place with the help of a natural suction between the gums and appliance. This suction effect is generally very effective at keeping the dentures stable throughout the day. For some patients, a special dental glue is needed to prevent their appliances from shifting or falling out. If you begin experiencing problems with your dentures, we can make adjustments to stabilize them and improve their functionality.
If you need several but not all of your teeth replaced, we will use either partial dentures or a dental bridge. Bridges are very effective for patients who are missing one or two teeth in a row. For those needing a more comprehensive restoration, we will use partial dentures instead. Like full dentures, partial dentures are also removable and easy to care for. We generally attach partial dentures to the surrounding natural teeth with a series of small, discrete wires.
Implants are ideal for patients wanting an added layer of strength and support for their dentures. Implant-supported dentures are sturdier, more natural-feeling, and prevent bone erosion in the jaw. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Patients must have healthy bones and gums to receive implants.
If you are interested in learning more about implant-supported dentures, we would be happy to meet with you for a consultation and examination. If we find that you are a candidate for implants, we will refer you to a local dental surgeon. If you already have dental implants and are experiencing problems with them, we can conduct implant restorations in-house.
Benefits of Dentures
Missing teeth can be uncomfortable and damaging to your oral health. Even just a few missing teeth can affect your ability to eat, chew and speak. They can also cause your natural teeth to weaken and shift out of place. That is why dentures are so important – they can restore your smile and help you live a comfortable life. Restoring missing teeth as soon as possible is the best way to maintain a healthy, functional smile.
If you want to learn more about full and partial dentures, please call our office today at (330) 867-4461, send us an email, or schedule an appointment online. We would be happy to answer any of your questions. Together, we can find the best tooth replacement option for you.