Replace What’s Missing With Modern Dentures | Snellville, GA
When you are missing teeth, you may be missing some other things as well. You may be missing time with friends and family if you are ashamed of the gaps in your smile. You may be missing out on foods you love if you can’t chew them.
Dentures are one way to restore the look of your smile. Dentures can also restore some of your ability to chew, and implant-secured dentures can get you close to your original chewing power.
If you’ve been thinking about getting dentures, or you know someone who has, call Parkway Dental in Snellville. Our professional staff is ready to find the dentures that will work best for your needs.
In the course of human history, people have used animal bones, ivory, and even teeth from fallen soldiers to replace their own missing teeth. With time, people started using porcelain, and later invented new materials to make dentures.
Today, dentures are made with plastics and resins that are more durable and more natural looking than ever before.
You may be wondering if dentures will work for you. Let’s consider some of the ways dentures can help you.
- Oral health – If you’ve lost teeth or need teeth removed because of tooth decay, your gums and your jawbone could be at risk, too.
Dentures can fill in where your natural teeth once were. This can protect your gums and bone much better than a vacant space between your teeth.
- Support – Partial dentures can lend support to your remaining teeth. This can prevent “drift,” which can occur if you don’t have something to replace your missing teeth.
The added support from your dentures also reduces the chance that food particles will become trapped in unusual places in your mouth.
- Appearance – Gaps in your teeth are not good for your smile. Unless you are expecting the Tooth Fairy, nothing will be coming in to replace the teeth you’ve lost. This can make you self-conscious about your smile, and it can affect your confidence.
By replacing those missing teeth with dentures, you can still feel like you have a full set of teeth even if all of them aren’t natural.
- Pain reduction — Tooth decay may be causing the pain in your mouth. If you can’t fix the problem with a root canal, removing those teeth and replacing them with dentures is another way to end your suffering.
Types of dentures
We mentioned earlier how dentures have improved since the time people were using animal bones and horns as tooth replacements. Today’s modern dentures can look, feel, and function nearly as well as natural teeth.
The most secure dentures we offer are implant-retained and implant-supported dentures. The difference is how they are attached to your implants.
Dental implants are metal screws that are placed into your jawbone. These replace the roots of your teeth. These can also be used to support a complete arch of dentures.
Implant-retained dentures are attached to a ball on the abutments of each implant. Implant-supported dentures are attached to a bar that is attached to the abutments.
Both are much more secure than traditional dentures, and go a long way toward restoring your chewing power. That means you will be able to chew most foods that you love with confidence that your “teeth” will stay in place.
From a cosmetic perspective, the implant-retained and implant-supported dentures will give you the appearance of a complete set of teeth.
This will help your smile, and it can help the muscles in your face as well. Without teeth for support, your facial muscles may sag, leaving you looking older than you are.
Full removable dentures are another option. These are held in place with an adhesive affixed to an acrylic base.
While not as secure as dentures secured to implants, traditional dentures will improve your chewing ability compared to having no teeth, and they will give your similar aesthetic benefits.
These may also be a more affordable option for some patients.
Partial dentures are similar to full removable dentures, but for people who need to replace a few teeth rather than a full arch. These are held in place with a clasp that is attached to your remaining natural teeth.
In some cases, implants with bridges may be a more secure alternative to partial dentures. We also can provide temporary dentures while you are waiting for your dentures to be crafted.
Your denture dentists
The team at Parkway Dental has been helping patients in Snellville and the surrounding area smile for more than 30 years.
We can do the same by making dentures just for you or someone you love. Call us at (770) 676-1122 or use our online form to make an appointment.