How can you still enjoy a varied diet, speak clearly, and feel confident about your appearance when many or all of your teeth have been lost or removed? Oftentimes, the answer can be deceptively simple: just get in touch with your team at Meadowbrook Dental Care to ask about getting dentures. Millions of Americans already benefit from wearing dentures, and you too can enjoy the advantages of using this time-tested tooth-replacement option to restore your smile.
Plenty of people have heard of dentures and know what they’re used for, but how will you know if you actually need them? They’re generally considered a good fit for anyone who is missing several or all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Of course, the best way to know for sure if you’re a suitable candidate for them is to speak to your dentist. During your consultation, our team will identify any dental concerns (such as gum disease) that will need to be dealt with as part of your treatment plan.
No matter what kind of denture you get, its purpose will be the same: to restore your smile and help it function properly again. The main kinds of dentures you can get include partial dentures, full dentures, and implant dentures. We can review these options with you in more detail at your consultation and explain which one fits your dental needs.
Are only some of your teeth missing? If so, oftentimes you can replace them with a partial denture. The base of the denture will be designed to match your gum tissue, and a specific number of replacement teeth will be attached based on your needs.
Like a partial denture, a full denture has a gum-colored base. However, it also includes a full set of artificial teeth and can be used to replace either your upper or lower arch. As long as your denture is properly fitted, you can expect it to stay in place with natural suction (although denture adhesive can also help).
Certain patients may be able to get dentures supported by dental implants. This can prevent your replacement teeth from moving around, and it makes it possible to enjoy more kinds of foods. Additionally, dental implants have the ability to prevent bone loss by stimulating the jaw.