One of the most popular solutions to missing teeth is removable dentures. Dentures are affordable, they restore your ability to chew and speak normally, and the procedure is noninvasive. Modern dentures like the ones we provide at our office also look natural—so natural that it’s hard to tell them from the real deal.
Full or complete dentures replace all of your teeth. Complete dentures can be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made in advance in the laboratory (after Dr. Forbes has taken molds of your mouth) and placed once your gums heal from tooth extraction. Immediate dentures are made in advance and placed right after your teeth are extracted.
Partial dentures are used when you have some teeth remaining. Partial dentures fill gaps left by missing teeth and preserve natural teeth alignment. The dentures can be made of plastic or metal.
Plastic dentures have a plate that covers the roof of the mouth (upper partials) or the area around the tongue (lower partials). They may come with metal attachments that are anchored to your natural teeth.
Instead of full plates, metal dentures have thin bars and metal clasps. Metal partials are more comfortable to wear, but they are more expensive than plastic partial dentures.
Are Dentures Right For You?
Removable dentures restore your smile and chewing ability, but they may not be the best solution for all cases. Dentures can take time to get used to and need to be replaced eventually. They may also contribute to bone loss. If you choose to go with these dentures, you’ll need to make sure they are custom fit to your liking so they don’t move while you are chewing or talking.
Perhaps the best type of dentures for your oral health is an alternative to traditional dentures. Implant-retained dentures take the best of traditional dentures and dental implants because these dentures are securely attached to dental implants. Gone are the days of denture adhesives when you receive implant-retained dentures. You will no longer be restricted to eating only certain foods when you have incredibly secure implant-retained dentures!
The reason implant-retained dentures are more healthy than any other denture option is because of the implants. Implants are screw-like inserts that are placed in your jaw. When they are placed in your jaw, they immediately begin fusing with your bone. This is important because when the implant is fused with your bone, it acts as the root of your tooth that was lost. When there are roots present, you are assured that you will not fall victim to gum tissue loss and bone loss.
If you’re after superior aesthetics, comfort, and bone health, ask Dr. Forbes about implant dentures and dental implants. To find out which teeth replacement method is best for your condition, schedule a consultation today. Call your Columbia dentist at 803-272-4162 or make an appointment using our online form.