Are you unhappy with the look of your teeth? Do your teeth constantly cause you pain? Perhaps you’re struggling with multiple missing teeth, unable to chew or speak like you once could. Dentures could be a great option for you. Dentures are a time-proven way to help restore your mouth to health, regain function, and rebuild confidence in your smile.
There are many different kinds of dentures on the market to suit the varied needs of patients. The two most common types of dentures are complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures include all of the upper and lower teeth. Partial dentures replace some teeth, but use your natural teeth for support. Often your dental professional may recommend a complete denture and a partial denture, with one on the top and one on the bottom if some teeth can be saved.
The complete and partial denture combination can also come as either “immediate” or “conventional.” With an “immediate” denture, impressions are taken prior to extractions and dentures are delivered at the same appointment as the extractions. A “conventional” denture is made over the course of multiple appointments after the gums have healed from extractions and molds and measurements are taken to customize a denture just for you.
For those of you who already have dentures, there may be other issues. Significant bone loss from years of wear- ing a denture can make even the most intimate-fitting denture hard to wear. There are many denture adhesive products to help secure your denture in place. But, if you are tired of using adhesives or they just aren’t working, you may be looking for a better solution.
One of the most exciting new advancements has come in the field of mini dental implants. Mini dental implants are small, non-invasive titanium screws that are placed into existing bone. The denture is then made to snap onto these mini dental implants. This can help eliminate the need for denture adhesives. Another added benefit is that the denture can be less bulky and more comfortable. Typically, between four to six mini dental implants are placed. This procedure can be painlessly performed in under an hour. In most cases, you can have mini dental implants placed and leave with your denture securely fixed in place in one visit.
Stop struggling through meals, conversations, or pain and visit a dental professional to learn what would be the best solution for you. A healthy mouth is a happy mouth.