Dentures Charlotte NC
People needing teeth replacement options may ask our dentist at Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery if dentures can help. There are many options available for teeth replacement. Dentures are considered when a bridge may not work for you. If you do not have healthy adjacent teeth to the missing teeth, you may opt for dentures. Dentures may also be viable if you lose the whole arch of teeth or if the remaining teeth are damaged to an extent that they have to be extracted. Dentures are a cheaper alternative to dental implants and bridges. There are several types and variations of dentures to choose from, based upon your preferences and needs for tooth replacement.
There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and same-day. A conventional complete denture is worn by people who are missing all of their teeth. A conventional denture is made after all of the teeth have been removed and your gum and bone structure have had some time to heal. This usually takes eight to 12 weeks. A conventional denture has a personalized fit so it is very comfortable and fits easily into your mouth.
In contrast, same-day or immediate dentures are made before your teeth have been extracted. We will take the impression of your mouth and teeth prior to removing your teeth and will send the molds to a dental lab. Once the dentures are created, you will visit us again to have your teeth removed. Immediately after extraction, we will place the same-day dentures onto your gums. Same-day dentures are not as well-fitting as conventional dentures and should only be used as a temporary measure.
Partial dentures are used when natural teeth are present. These are placed in gaps where there are natural teeth still left. Therefore, if you have two missing teeth, the best remedy would be to get a partial denture that fills these specific gaps.
Overdentures are similar to traditional dentures. However, overdentures are designed to go over a supporting structure and are not held in place by an adhesive. These are utilized when you need to have your teeth completely replaced but do not want to get traditional dentures.
People who have lost teeth might feel less confident to smile or talk. In addition to that, tooth loss can also cause biting irregularities and can impair eating habits, which leads to secondary health problems. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to provide support for the restoration of missing teeth and stop jawbone loss.
Dentures with implants, often referred to as implant-supported dentures or overdentures, are a type of dental prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Unlike traditional removable dentures, which rely on adhesive pastes or suction for retention, implant-supported dentures are anchored in the mouth using dental implants, providing a more stable and functional solution.
benefits of dentures with implants
Implant-supported dentures can be either partial or full dentures, depending on the extent of tooth loss. They are secured in the mouth by attaching them to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. The number of implants used and their precise placement depend on individual patient needs and the type of denture being supported.
The primary advantage of implant-supported dentures is their superior stability. Traditional dentures can sometimes slip or shift while speaking, eating, or smiling, causing discomfort and self-consciousness. Implant-supported dentures remain securely in place, eliminating these concerns.
Traditional dentures can limit the types of food a person can comfortably eat, as they lack the stability to withstand strong chewing forces. Implant-supported dentures provide a more natural chewing experience, allowing patients to enjoy a wider range of foods with confidence.
Dental implants in the jawbone stimulate bone tissue, preventing bone loss that can occur after tooth loss. Traditional dentures do not offer this benefit, and bone resorption can lead to changes in facial appearance.
Implant-supported dentures are designed to look natural, providing an attractive smile and maintaining facial contours. The denture base is often thinner than traditional dentures, which can improve the overall aesthetic result.
Are there Any Other Reasons Why I May Not Be A Good Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?
You must be in good general health and have no long-term issues that may be detrimental to having implants. Patients with diabetes may not be good candidates, particularly if their diabetes is not well-controlled. If it is, patients with diabetes are susceptible to gum disease and so they must make stringent efforts to keep their mouths clean, particularly around the implants.
Smoking causes decreased blood flow, preventing nutrients from getting around the body. This is an issue when the implants have just been placed as oxygen and nutrients are needed to fight infection and to aid the healing process.
Caring for Dentures
It is crucial that you take proper care of your dentures. You need to brush and clean the dentures daily, the same way you do with your regular teeth. Brushing and cleaning help eliminate plaque and food debris. When brushing dentures, don't use toothpaste because it tends to be abrasive and can lead to microscopic scratches that provide areas for plaque and food debris to lodge.
Clean your dentures with a denture cleaner. A mild soap can also do the trick in cleaning the prosthetic. Our dentist will provide instructions to use when caring for and cleaning your dentures. Also, keep your dentures moist when you remove them so that they do not get dry and lose their shape.
dentures charlotte nc
Why wait another day to have your smile, and your confidence back? With both high-quality partial and full dentures available, as well as implant supported dentures, there is a fast and cost-effective solution for you no matter what your tooth replacement needs are. If you are interested in learning more about how simple it can be to talk, chew, and laugh again with ease, then set up a consultation today with Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery by calling (980) 332-7990!