Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth and improve chewing, speech, and facial aesthetics. These prosthetics are durable and custom-designed to create a full, natural-looking smile. Individualized fitting sessions can help ensure that dentures correspond precisely to the shape of your mouth for a snug, comfortable fit. Different styles of dentures have the versatility to replacing either a complete row of missing teeth, or simply a missing section. Whereas a partial denture is used to restore areas of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw, a full denture can replace a complete upper or lower arch. Both options are excellent methods of restoring teeth for patients who may lack the jaw bone density to receive implant dentures, or those who desire a non-invasive way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Jeff Blackburn can help you determine which restorative option would be most advantageous to you.
Benefits of Full and Partial Dentures
Full and partial dentures can be an effective solution for the many functional and aesthetic issues presented by missing teeth. Missing teeth can also affect oral health, as gaps can lead to the gradual migration and shifting of remaining teeth. Dentures typically provide the cosmetic advantages of having a full set of teeth, while also allowing patients to more effectively bite, chew, and speak. With the help of full and partial dentures, patients can:
- Minimize the risk of remaining teeth shifting
- Close gaps in the smile
- Regain the ability to properly chew foods
- Eat, speak, and smile more confidently
- Slow bone loss
- Have full dental support for the cheeks and lips
The Denture Procedure
The nature of your denture procedure depends on the type of denture that is best suited to meeting your needs. Generally, to craft a full or partial denture that is custom-tailored for your smile and mouth, multiple fittings may be required to determine the ideal design, color, and placement. To begin, an impression will be made of your jaw – or remaining teeth, in the case of partial dentures – which will be used to design and create your custom denture. Dr. Blackburn will take detailed measurements and make adjustments as needed to ensure your dentures can provide an optimal fit. Any specific questions you may have about this process can be answered by Dr. Blackburn during your consultation or follow-up appointments.
Results with Dentures
Patients typically find that dentures and partial dentures make it easier to comfortably bite, smile, chew, and speak. In some cases, increased saliva flow may occur immediately following denture placement, and it can usually take a period of time before patients become fully accustomed to having the appliance in their mouth. Overall, recipients are generally pleased with the enhanced functional and aesthetic advantages of dentures.
Similar to individuals who have their natural teeth, patients with dentures or partial dentures still require regular dental check-ups to maintain good oral health and the proper fit of their device. Routine oral hygiene habits – such as brushing and flossing of remaining teeth – can help maintain good oral health, but it is also important to follow any specialized hygiene and maintenance instructions Dr. Blackburn provides.
If you are interested in dentures or partial dentures to replace missing teeth, please contact our practice for a consultation with Dr. Blackburn.