Are you ready for new dentures? Then, you may want to consider recycling your old dentures.
Well, sort of.
Cosmopolitan Magazine recently reported on an Etsy seller that creates hair combs and bracelets from old dentures. Just think—the grandkids can have the pleasure of your smile with them all the time!
But seriously, dentures are a terrific way to keep that smile for yourself and enjoy all the foods you love to eat. Whether you need partial, full or implant-retained dentures, your dentist can help you select the prosthesis that suits you best.
Partial Dentures are Fully Necessary
If you are missing one, two or three teeth—whether consecutively or not—a partial denture can be the perfect solution. Each partial is uniquely designed and fabricated to fill in just the teeth that are absent from your smile.
Tooth extraction is performed if necessary, and then an impression is taken in order to create a mold that the dental lab uses to create a partial that fits comfortably. A partial consists of false teeth that are attached to a metal frame. Clips or brackets grasp adjacent teeth to hold the partial in place.
Full Dentures Restore a Lost Smile
Despite tremendous advances in dental care, there are still millions of people who are edentulous, or missing all of their teeth. In this case, not only a smile is compromised, but possibly nutrition as well.
A full denture can replace all of the teeth along the top or bottom arch. False teeth are attached to a gum-colored base that rests snugly but comfortably along the ridge. For the top row of teeth, many people prefer a closed palate, which offers a more secure fitting. But whether you wear dentures to replace teeth along the top or bottom arch, you can be sure your new smile will look natural and function well when you bite and chew.
Implant-Supported Dentures Offer the Greatest Security
For a prosthetic that feels most like your natural teeth, speak to your dentist about implant-supported dentures. With these, dental implants are surgically positioned in your jawbone. After several months of healing when the implants and surrounding bone integrate, dentures with a special fitting underneath the base are attached to the implanted posts.
In this way, implant-retained dentures offer a level of retention that simply cannot be achieved with any removable prosthetic device. You will enjoy a smile that stays firmly in place when you speak, eat and laugh with confidence.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Douglas Baldwin and the staff at Foundation Dental Arlington, TX are dedicated to providing 5-star service and quality dental care. The practice provides general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry to patients of all ages in the area.