Which Dentures Are Right For You?
Losing teeth is never a good situation.
It often means that your teeth have been infected, or you have developed advanced gum disease. Otherwise, you may have suffered a serious injury.
We don’t wish those on any of our patients.
However, we do know that there is a chance that some of you will need dentures at some point in your life. After all, more than 30 million Americans are missing one or both rows of their teeth.
This creates some serious problems, but Parkway Dental can help.
Our dentists offer partial and full dentures to meet the needs of our patients in Snellville, GA, in neighboring communities like Lawrenceville, and anywhere in between.
Someone who is edentulous is lacking teeth. Whether you are a partially or completely edentulous, you can face similar problems.
Physically, you will have a more difficult time eating. It’s hard to bite and chew food when you don’t have teeth to assist you.
This may mean giving up eating the foods that you love. Some people even have to avoid solid foods entirely. As much as we enjoy soups, smoothies, and mashed potatoes, we don’t think we would want to eat them exclusively for the rest of our lives.
Losing your teeth can have an emotional impact as well.
Initially, you may feel embarrassed by your smile. You may be ashamed or angry because you may feel like you should have done something before your mouth got in this condition.
This may cause you to become withdrawn, which is not good for you or the people who love you. No matter the reason for your tooth loss, we don’t want that to have so much control over your life.
It’s also why it’s a good idea to talk to us about teeth replacement options.
Different Types Of Dentures
Once upon a time, you would not have had two choices. Either you would get dentures, or you would just live without teeth.
Today, however, you have a choice between multiple kinds of dentures, including some that make your dentures stronger and more stable than ever before. In other words, these are not your grandfather’s dentures.
Here are options that you may want to consider:
➤ Partial dentures
You don’t have to wait until you lose all of your teeth before you do something about it. Partial dentures are a great way to replace multiple teeth at the same time.
You even have your choice between two kinds of partial dentures.
The first option includes two or more dental crowns that are attached to an acrylic base. The base and a clasp, which connects to nearby teeth, helps to hold these dentures in place.
The second option is also called an implant-retained bridge.
Dental bridges are made by fusing two or more crowns together. Dental implants are replacements for the missing roots of your teeth. As such, implants are embedded directly into your jaw.
By attaching the dental bridge to your implants, you will have a more secure and stable teeth replacement option.
➤ Full Removable Dentures
If you are missing one or both rows of teeth, then traditional dentures are still a good choice for many patients.
Today’s dentures are made with lifelike materials. When you have them in place, they will look very much like natural teeth.
We also work with the laboratory to make sure your dentures fit as well as possible. You may still need a dentures adhesive to keep them in place, but they should fit comfortably for years to come.
➤ Implant-Retained Dentures
This is one way to get even more out of your dentures. With regular dentures, you can regain about one-fourth of your original bite force. That’s good enough to eat some foods, but not ones that are particularly crunchy or chewy.
You can fix that with a series of dental implants. With implant-retained dentures, we can place ball attachment on the ends of the implants. Your dentures will be designed to fit directly on the balls.
This will give your denture more stability, and it will allow you to bite with much more force. This means most, if not all, of the foods that you love stay on your plate.
➤ Implant-Supported Dentures
These are similar to implant-retained dentures. The main difference is that the dentures are held in place by a bar rather than a series of ball attachments.
Help Us Help You
We would be happy to help you find the right dentures for you. To do this, start by scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists at our office in Snellville, GA.