Full and Partial Dentures
Traditional dentures are removable oral appliances that replace multiple missing teeth. Whether you just have a couple of missing teeth or all of your teeth need to be replaced, dentures might be a great option for you to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile. There are two kinds of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. As their name suggests, complete dentures replace all the teeth in your mouth and partial dentures will fill in any teeth that are missing while a number of healthy natural teeth can remain.
Another way full or partial dentures can be used to replace missing teeth is to use implant supported dentures. A dental implant “post” is surgically placed into the jawbone to create an extremely natural and secure anchor for the denture to attach to and eliminate the denture from slipping or moving.
Dr. Bateson will thoroughly explain how each denture can benefit you and she will listen to your input as well. Together, you will determine which kind will best meet your dental goals. Below, is a brief explanation of her denture procedures and how it can benefit you.
How can dentures or partial dentures repair my smile and functionality?
Your missing teeth are likely causing you to be self-conscious and make daily activities like speaking and chewing challenging. We can replace your missing teeth with full dentures, also known as complete dentures, or a partial option if a full set is not required. Dentures will support your lips and cheeks from caving in due to lack of teeth too. So, not only will your teeth be restored, but the shape of your face will return to normal as well. Your confidence will boost, chewing will be easier, stability and strength will be renewed, the gums and bones will be better preserved, and your overall oral hygiene will be healthier, leaving you happier. The end result is a natural looking, more confident smile that functions as well as real teeth do.
What is the process for getting dentures or partial dentures?
Dr. Bateson will measure and fit your mouth for either the complete or partial dentures. These high-quality dentures will be custom-designed at the lab and minor alterations will be made at your follow-up appointment to ensure your natural bite is comfortable. While they may take a little getting used to at first, before long, they will be 100% comfortable and you won’t even realize they’re in.
What is an implant-supported denture?
You may opt for implant-supported dentures for greater stability. With implant-supported dentures, dental implants are placed within your jaw to take the place of a tooth root and a denture is securely “snapped” onto them. Implant-supported dentures restore missing teeth much like traditional dentures, but they are more securely held in place, allow for stronger biting, and promote jaw bone health.
How do I care for my dentures properly?
Brush your dentures daily with a soft bristle brush specifically intended for dentures and use a denture cream rather than toothpaste, which can be abrasive. Rinse your dentures with cold water so they don’t get warped or misshapen. If you take your dentures out of your mouth for a period of time, keep them in denture solution or water so they don’t lose moisture, which is important for maintaining the appliance for many years.