If a patient is missing all or most of their teeth, denture implants might be the optimal treatment to restore their smile. Talk to our team at Lisle Family Dentistry to see if dentures are right for you. We provide personalized dental services with hands-on support for every patient who visits us for general dentistry or cosmetic treatments.
Traditional dentures are removable, offering an affordable option for someone who needs a full smile restoration. However, there are a few drawbacks to traditional dentures, such as how the dentures can start to move around in the mouth. Also, some patients begin to experience sores on the gum surface because of the friction from the denture movement.
An alternative option is to choose an implant supported denture, or dentures over implants, instead. A few implant posts are strategically placed in the jawbone. These implants act as the anchors to hold the dentures in place. When the dentures are supported with implants, the restoration looks and functions similar to your natural teeth.
While dentures are common for full mouth restorations, partial dentures can be used in some cases. Full dentures, which can be permanent dentures, require the removal of all of the teeth. Partial dentures allow some of the healthy teeth to remain.
Partial dentures are an excellent solution for people who don’t need to replace all of their teeth. One example is that you can have dentures on one jaw while leaving the healthy teeth in place on the other jaw.
It takes some time to adjust to the new feeling of dentures in your mouth. However, once you are used to these prosthetics, you can eat fairly normally. Most patients start by eating soft foods that are easy to chew.
Over time, you might notice that your dentures, or tooth supported overdenture, aren’t fitting as well as they once did. This is because the size and shape of your gums can change over the months and years. Therefore, it’s important to schedule an appointment to reline the dentures and ensure proper fit.
Traditional dentures are held in place using adhesive. Dentures that are supported by implants attach to the abutments of the implants, offering a secure foundation to hold the dentures.
There are partial dentures, permanent dentures, complete dentures, and flipper tooth which is a type of temporary partial dentures.