Dentures - Complete, Partial, & Custom
Dentures are a treatment solution for replacing teeth, restoring your smile, and rebuilding normal functions of your mouth like chewing and talking. They are a common option for people that have lost a significant amount of teeth, but can also be used for people who have lost just a few. Our dentists at Singing River Dentistry are professionally trained to fit and produce dentures that recreate your perfect smile.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of false teeth that can replace any number of teeth from just a few to your whole smile. Dentures can be divided into two main categories: full and partial. The use of either type depends on the extent of tooth loss, and the state of your current oral health. It's a common treatment solution to regain the usefulness of your mouth in day-to-day functions, like eating, after losing teeth. They also help restore your speaking patterns that will be altered from losing your teeth.
Why People Need Dentures
Loss of natural, permanent teeth can be caused by a number of things. Teeth can be lost due to disease or decay, or they can be chipped and broken away from trauma or injury. Sometimes even teeth are extracted as a preventative measure to reduce the possibility of infection if you are undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy.
Many people wish to use dentures to regain confidence after losing a significant number of teeth. However, they are also a tool used to make you look younger as loss of teeth can also cause your facial muscles to drop.
Complete dentures are just as the name entails, they are a replacement treatment option for your entire smile. This treatment option uses a full-coverage prosthetic. It is a full removable devise for your upper and lower teeth. A complete denture relies on the tissue in your mouth, unlike a partial denture which can be supported by a few of the teeth remaining in your mouth.
Partial dentures are a removable device that will replace only some of your teeth, not all. The replacement teeth will be attached to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. The partial denture is supported by the remaining natural teeth in your mouth. This keeps your natural teeth from shifting or moving out of alignment and allows you to preserve as many of the natural teeth as possible. It can have a more natural appearance since our dentists work to make the colors of these dentures match the shade of your natural teeth.
How to Care for Dentures
While dentures may be made of fake teeth, they still require maintenance and care. You should continue to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth every morning prior to placing your dentures. Not only does this provide good oral hygiene, but the brushing helps stimulate circulation in your tissues.
Implant anchored dentures provide you with a unique alternative to traditional dentures. With this treatment your replacement teeth, ceramic crowns, rely on titanium posts for support rather than your gums. The titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. This turns the posts into secure, sturdy roots. This treatment is designed to be long-term and can even last a lifetime.
If you are considering dentures as an option for you, contact our team at Singing River Dentistry today at 256 - 562 - 4001. We are here to help you achieve or restore your ideal smile.