Partial dentures are an ideal restoration if you are missing some of your natural teeth while full dentures replace all natural teeth. Once you decide to pursue permanent tooth replacement, you need to consider your options carefully. For some people, removable dentures work best. Others prefer the convenience of dentures supported by implants. When you meet with Dr. Kevin Diep of Gentle Breeze Dental, he will let you know more about the types of dentures and which one he recommends for your unique situation.
Traditional Removable Dentures
Replacing teeth with removable dentures was the only option available to people for many years. This choice still offers many benefits, such as restored functionality of your entire mouth and improved oral health. Some people also find removable dentures easier to clean. Others want something that remains in the mouth permanently. This eases fears of the dentures falling out unexpectedly or breaking them when eating certain foods.
Dentures Supported by Implants
If you prefer a non-removable tooth restoration solution, consider implanted-supported dentures. With this type, Dr. Diep first installs artificial tooth roots that hold the new dentures in place. You may need to wait several weeks to months for your gums and jaw to heal. Your new roots also fuse with your existing bone during this time in a process called osseointegration. One of the major benefits of dentures supported by implants is that they prevent bone loss. This also prevents facial sagging that can be common with traditional dentures.
Another benefit of this type of dentures is that it returns almost all of your bite power. With typical dentures, that amount is only 25 percent. Lastly, many patients find them more comfortable because they don’t require having the roof of the mouth covered by plastic.
If you’re considering any type of dentures, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Diep at Gentle Breeze Dental.