Missing teeth are one of America’s foremost oral health problems. Dentures in Tyler are one way to treat this common condition. Modern dentures are affordable, comfortable, and durable, whether you choose a traditional adhesive version or implant-supported dentures instead.
Types of Traditional Dentures
Traditional adhesive dentures fall into two categories:
- Partial dentures. These are used when the patient still retains many of his or her natural teeth. They’re held in place by metallic pins or clasps and are used to complete a set, or arch, of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. Each set is designed to fit the patient’s unique oral profile.
- Full dentures. These can be used for either the upper or lower jaw or both. They require extracting any remaining teeth the patient retains on the arch that needs restoration.
The process of receiving dentures begins with the initial dental appointment. Your dentist will perform a complete oral examination and recommend either a full or partial set. He or she will complete a number of dental measurements and images which will be used to craft the actual restoration. If extractions are required, they will probably be performed at this time. You may receive a set of temporary dentures to wear for a few weeks.
When your permanent dentures arrive, you’ll return to your dentist to have them fitted to your mouth. He or she will make adjustments to ensure both proper fit and adequate comfort. You’ll probably receive basic instructions as to proper wear.
Like any type of medical prosthetic, getting used to dentures takes a reasonable amount of time. You may need to use a liquid adhesive, especially if you’re wearing full dentures on your lower jaw. You may also notice that your gums feel a little sore at first.
Learning how to eat, speak, and perform other daily tasks when wearing dentures usually takes a bit of practice. You may need to modify the way you prepare meals in order to eat your traditional diet. Most wearers are able to adjust to these changes reasonably well.
Implant-Supported Dentures: Advantages and Considerations
The chief disadvantage of traditional dentures is the need for adhesive to hold them in place. Not only can this cause them to come loose unexpectedly, it can also cause bone loss and changes in the patient’s facial structure. Implants-supported dentures were created to overcome these limitations. Here’s how they work:
- Your dentist will place a series of tiny, screw-like titanium fixtures beneath your gum line. These will be used to support the restoration itself, which consists of a specially crafted set of dentures designed specifically for implants.
- Once in place, you’ll be able to remove the appliance at will for cleaning or other purposes. You will never have to worry about it coming loose on its own. Nor will implant-supported dentures cause problems with bone resorption. Many patients consider them “the best of both worlds” when it comes to dental restoration.
Only your dentist can recommend a specific course of treatment for your missing teeth. Make an appointment to see him or her soon. It won’t be long before you’re smiling at the results.
About the Author
Dr. Dennis Stansbury has been practicing dentistry for 44 years. He’s skilled at providing both traditional and implant-supported dentures for his valued patient. You can reach his office online or by calling (903) 561-1122.