Tooth Loss

Tooth Loss

Tooth Loss? What are your options?

Whether your missing some or all of your teeth its best to see your denturist to what options there are for you. Sometimes, dentures may not be the appropriate option for you and a crown or bridge may be better for you. Your denturist will then refer you to the proper health professional (dentist, oral surgeon) to help you with your needs. Why suffer any longer? Get your teeth looked at and be on your way to looking and feeling better. 

When it comes to dentures there are many options and it’s based on the needs of the person and their financial situation.

There are two main types of dentures that you’ve probably heard of: complete dentures and partial dentures.

As you can probably tell by the name, complete dentures are made if you are missing all of your teeth whereas partial dentures are made if you are missing some of your teeth.

These two types are further broken down by the quality of the materials used or the process to make the denture.

The three types of complete dentures are:

  • Standard Dentures
  • Precision Dentures –are made of better material, have stronger and more realistic teeth, the process is more advanced and customized, and as the name suggests, a more precise denture is made
  • Implant Supported Dentures – the dentist will place implants, also known as anchors into your bone beneath your gums after consulting with you on the bone availability and how many anchors they think need.
    • Having implants placed is generally a painless procedure.
    • Since the price can vary based on the number of anchors
    • We then create the denture with the attachments that snap onto the implants securing your denture. So as you can see, these anchors provide significant security and are considered the best option out there.
    • If you are interested in finding out more about implant supported dentures book an appointment with us and I’ll be happy to go into more detail.

There are three types of partial dentures:

  • An Acrylic Partial Denture with Wire Attachments
  • A Cast Partial Denture – The benefit over a cast partial denture is that it’s less bulky than the acrylic partial denture. This type of denture uses a metal frame that gives it its strength and the attachments are much stronger. It also is more stable as this type of denture uses both your teeth and your gums as support for it, as the acrylic partial denture uses only your gums as support.
  • Implant Supported Partial Dentures – Having implants to support your partial dentures is a great option as well because it removes the need for the attachments around the teeth. Also, a great benefit to implants in general is that it stops, or greatly reduces, the amount of bone loss where you have lost a tooth.

A common question is “how long does a denture take to make?” Usually a standard denture takes 4 to 5 appointments  before you get the final product and the appointments range from 15-20 minutes long. So if you are interested in having a denture made or just have some questions, we can make an appointment and discuss which options are available for you.

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