The loss of all or most of one’s teeth can be a daunting experience that can significantly impact one’s self-esteem and ability to chew and speak effectively. However, the development of modern dentistry has made it possible for individuals to replace missing teeth with a new set that looks better and functions more effectively. Dentures are an affordable option for restorative dentistry that can help you restore your smile and regain your oral function.
At Envision Dental, we offer advanced options in complete and partial dentures to help our patients enjoy having a full, gorgeous smile again. This guide will help you understand what dentures are, their types, how they work, and their benefits.
Types of Dentures
Complete Dentures: Complete dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw or both. There are two types of complete dentures, conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are custom-made for the patient and are placed after the remaining teeth are removed, and the gum tissue has healed, which usually takes about 8-12 weeks. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made before the teeth are removed and can be placed immediately after tooth extraction. However, they require frequent adjustments to ensure a proper fit as the gum and bone tissues heal.
Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are an option when only some of the teeth are missing. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and are held in place by metal clasps that attach to the remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be made from different materials, including plastic and metal.
Implant-Retained Dentures: Implant-retained dentures are complete or partial dentures that are held in place by dental implants. These implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as an anchor for the denture. This type of denture is more stable than traditional dentures, which can slip and move while eating or speaking.
How Dentures Work
Traditional complete and partial dentures use suction and adhesive to be held in place. The upper set has plastic that covers the roof of your mouth and fits over your gums, while the lower set is U-shaped and sits on the lower gums. Partial dentures use metal fittings that grip existing teeth to hold the appliance in place. They are removable and are taken out, usually at night, to be cleaned.
Implant-retained dentures, on the other hand, use dental implants to hold them in place. These implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as an anchor for the denture. Implant-retained dentures function more like natural teeth and do not require adhesives. They are more stable than traditional dentures, which can slip and move while eating or speaking.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer a range of benefits, including:
- Improved Speech: Missing teeth can impact your speech, making it difficult to speak clearly. Dentures can help improve speech by replacing missing teeth.
- Better Chewing: Missing teeth can also impact your ability to chew properly, making it challenging to eat certain foods. Dentures can help you chew your food more effectively, improving your nutrition and overall health.
- Restored Appearance: Missing teeth can affect your appearance, leading to a lack of confidence and self-esteem. Dentures can restore your smile, giving you back your confidence
Missing teeth can impact your speech, chewing and appearance. Dentures are a great way to give you back a beautiful smile and restore your oral function. There are multiple options in dentures, from the materials used, to how they are kept in place. At Envision Dental, we offer a wide selection of dentures for our patients, from affordable traditional dentures to long-lasting implant-retained dentures.
If you are interested in learning more about restoring missing teeth with dentures, contact us at Envision Dental. We can schedule a teeth restoration consultation with one of our dentists at our clinic in Marietta, GA.