Dental patients who have missing or damaged teeth that need to be replaced and are looking for an alternative to dental implants may want to consider dentures. Today’s dentures are made to look natural, blend in with the existing teeth and fit comfortably into the mouth. Unlike dental implants, which are permanently implanted in the mouth, dentures are typically removable. They can be either full or partial. Full ones are used to replace all of the teeth. Partials are used when only some of the teeth are missing.
Complete dentures are made so that the teeth are fitted onto a base that is made to look like the gums. Each set is custom made to fit perfectly into the mouth and form a seal between the dentures and gums. This is important for keeping them in place during chewing or talking. It is also important for keeping food particles from getting between the dentures and gums and causing discomfort. Upper dentures will typically be supported by a plate that is made to fit across the roof of the mouth. Lower ones fit around the lower gums.
When only some of the teeth are missing, partial dentures are an excellent alternative to things like implants and bridges. They are also removable for things like cleaning and sleeping. They typically are held in place with clasps that go around the adjoining teeth. Along with the clasp is a rest that fits against the natural teeth to provide support. Partials are traditionally supported by a metal base. This gives them more strength and longevity than they would have if only a plastic base was used. There are times, however, when a plastic base might make sense. It all depends on the unique situation.
If you have missing teeth that need to be replaced, you might want to have a discussion with our team of experts at Implant Dentistry of Virginia about the feasibility of dentures. Dentures are not just for older people. They are also for people like you who are dealing with missing or damaged teeth and simply want to look and feel their best.
During a consultation at Implant Dentistry of Virginia in Virginia Beach, Dr. Hogan can assess your mouth and come up with a customized treatment plan for you that is sure to give you a winning smile once again. Contact our Virginia Beach office today to schedule an appointment to learn more.