Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that can replace missing teeth and give you an attractive, healthy smile again. Whether your teeth were lost due to injury, decay, gum disease, or some other reason, dentures also improve your overall appearance and health. Dentures improve both chewing and speech, and can improve your overall quality of life.
Conventional dentures can be placed on both top and bottom dental arches. They are made from plastic materials that resemble natural teeth and gum tissues, and they adhere to your jaws through suction forces. After any remaining teeth are removed, a healing period is observed so that the changing bone and gum tissues can stabilize. When healing is complete, conventional dentures can be made.
Immediate dentures are inserted in the mouth on the same day the last teeth are extracted. Immediate dentures can be advantageous because you never have to go without teeth, even during the healing period. After the tissues have change shape during healing and stabilized, the dentures are refitted through a process called a reline. Immediate dentures are a popular means of quickly going from a very unhealthy situation to a beautiful smile.
The absolute best type of denture involves implant placement to secure the dentures to your jaws. After teeth are removed and implants are surgically placed, dentures can be made which clip into the implants. Overdentures are the standard of care in denture treatments and are by far the most comfortable and secure type of denture available. If you have ill-fitting dentures that are uncomfortable, come see us for a consultation. In many cases, existing dentures can be converted into overdentures by placing implants and slightly modifying your existing denture to accommodate the clip attachments.