When you lose teeth and don’t replace them, it won’t just affect your image – it will also increase your risk of having health problems that are a result of poor dental health. Good thing there is a method to replace teeth that will not only treat the potential oral health problems, but it will also give you a great smile. That option is full and partial dentures!
There are many options for replacing teeth, and each method has its own benefits and negatives that come along with them. All of these things should be considered when choosing your tooth replacement option, including dentures. There are a few different types of dentures that we offer at Forever Young Dentistry such as partial dentures and implant-supported dentures.
Same-Day Smiles: These type of dentures are temporary and are used when you have had implants placed and are waiting for your permanent tooth replacement option to be crafted by an outside lab. These dentures won’t fit as well as your permanent option because they are just temporary. Another reason they won’t fit as well is because your gums will naturally shrink after tooth extraction. Once your gums are healed and finished shrinking, your permanent option will be placed.
Traditional Full Dentures: Once your gums are healed after tooth extraction or loss, we can place your full dentures that will be custom fit to your mouth. These dentures are carefully crafted to resemble your natural teeth and also function like natural teeth.
I believe dentures are not a replacement for teeth, they're a replacement for no teeth. I think we have a problem with expectations of, from the patient, on what to expect, and what's there in a denture. We know that you chew about 20% as effective with a denture, as you would with normal teeth. The way we can make up that difference is by placing implants under the denture. The denture would then connect to the implants. This greatly improves chewing ability, confidence, and your smile. If I could place implants under every denture, I would. That would be my first choice.
Implant-Supported Dentures: The most secure type of dentures are implant-supported dentures because your dentures are attached to implants in your jaw. Typically, the upper jaw will need more implants placed in it because the upper jawbone’s density is not as good. Many patients who have this option placed find that it is the most comfortable, stable type of denture.
I think people are afraid when we're talking about a full mouth recontruction or a denture, that they're going to be without their teeth for a while. That creates a lot of anxiety so we plan the treatment so that when they leave, they have teeth in their mouth so that they can smile comfortably. If we're going to be placing implants under that denture, that may happen down the road but in the interim they have a denture that will fit, that will chew, and that will look good. They don't have this anxiety that they're going to be without their smile and they're not going to be able to leave their home. That's all part of the process. We don't want you to leave without your teeth.
Same-Day Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are less expensive, removable dentures that are meant to temporarily replace your teeth until a permanent replacement is ready. Once your gums have healed, your permanent tooth replacement option will be put into your mouth.
Removable Partial Dentures: These type of dentures are often made from a vitallium alloy instead of plastic. These well-made partial dentures are light and don’t get in the way like plastic dentures can. These dentures will fit you perfectly to the point where you can be confident in your smile again.
Some practices may fit you with your dentures and send you on your way with loose or ill-fitting dentures, making you wish you’d gone to another practice. When you have your dentures placed at our Sterling Heights, MI, office, you can rest assured that they will fit you to perfection.
If you are looking to replace your missing teeth with any type of dentures, call us at 586-795-5678 to make an appointment, or use our simple online contact form. We want to give your smile the look it deserves at Forever Young Dentistry!