Servicing all primary denture procedures
If you are missing some or all of your teeth, call the experts at Lowcountry Family Dentistry to talk about removable dentures and replacing your smile. Whether your tooth loss is from gum disease, decay or injury, dentures will benefit your health as well as your appearance.
Having good fitting and good looking dentures can make your life healthier and happier. Not only do they make it easier to speak and eat, they also fill out your face giving you a more youthful look that can bolster your confidence.
Types of Dentures
There are four primary types of dentures:
- Complete – This type of denture replaces all of the teeth. Porcelain teeth are set in a plastic base that’s colored to match gum tissue and look natural. This is held in the mouth with a seal forming between the denture and the gums.
- Partial – Partial dentures act as dental bridges as they “bridge” the gap between missing teeth. They are either connected to existing teeth by a metal framework or by placing crowns on the existing teeth with the artificial teeth attached to them.
- Conventional – Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and your gum tissue has been allowed recovery time (usually 4 to 8 weeks) to heal. This may take several months to be complete.
- Immediate – This does not allow a healing period after all of the teeth are removed. The denture is immediately fit into the mouth on the same day of tooth extraction. Additional adjustments in the fitting of this type of denture procedure may be necessary as healing occurs.
Are there alternatives to Dentures?
If you are only missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate to get dental implants as an alternative to dentures. During this procedure your dentist will surgically implant metal posts in your jawbone which eventually bond with your natural bone. These posts make a sturdy base for the artificial teeth that are attached.
When you make your appointment at Lowcountry Family Dentistry, we can discuss all the options that are available, from dentures and bridges to implants. We will then come up with the right course of action for you.
You are not alone – 40 Million Americans have or need dentures
Lowcountry Family Dentistry wants you to know that you are not alone. It is estimated that close to 178 million are missing at least one tooth. Another 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth and are either wearing dentures or need them. In fact, nearly 26% of adults between 65-75 have lost all of their teeth.
Dentures have become common place in our world. Through advances in technology they now look and feel more like real teeth than ever before. In fact, there are probably several family members, friends and acquaintances that are wearing dentures right now. You just don’t know about it because they look so real.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Lowcountry Family Dentistry wants to give you your smile and confidence back!