Replacing missing teeth might mean a bridge, an implant and a crown, or something more comprehensive. If you’re missing some, most or all of your teeth, partial or full dentures will restore and rebuild.
Dentures can be so much more than you imagine. With modern advances in denture materials, the fitting process and the tools used to fabricate restorations, today’s dentures are miles ahead of dentures past.
Different types of dentures work slightly differently, but all have the singular goal of replacing missing teeth to prevent health problems and bone loss and to boost patient confidence.
If you are a new denture patient, or if you currently wear dentures that you’re unhappy with, we encourage you to reach out and learn more about your options.
Do I need a partial or full denture?
Dentures are recommended when you are missing many teeth in one area of your mouth, or missing most of your teeth or all of your teeth. In these cases, bridges won’t be possible because there aren’t enough remaining teeth to provide support.
Partial dentures attach to remaining structures in your mouth for support, while full dentures adhere to your gums. Achieving excellent fit for the denture is crucial so that the denture will remain in place and won’t cause discomfort for the patient.
If you are missing many teeth, Dr. Phillippi will examine remaining teeth and the amount of bone loss. He will then determine whether remaining teeth need to be extracted or whether they should remain in place to support a denture. This allows patients to move past extensive decay or damage and rebuild their smiles.
What will the denture adjustment period be like?
After you receive your first set of dentures, you will need to take a little time to get accustomed to them. This is natural and happens for all patients. After all, you have new teeth in your mouth – and while we do everything possible to make them look and feel natural, your tongue and jaws need to adjust.
Eating and speaking can be extremely comfortable with dentures – these daily tasks will actually be easier to complete now that you have replaced your missing teeth. You simply need to get through the adjustment period first – and we’re here to help. Let us know if you’re looking for tips on chewing, speaking clearly or cleaning your dentures.
If you have had dentures for some time and they are feeling loose or awkward, it may be time to reline them or replace them.
Am I a candidate for implant-supported dentures?
Pairing dental implants with dentures allows patients to gain additional stability and help their dentures function as naturally as possible. This can also help reduce bone loss. If you’re interested in learning more about implant surgery, get in touch to learn whether you are a good candidate.