Patients of various ages and dental health conditions seek dentures as a way to bring back their quality of life. Eating, chewing, and speaking are some of the most common daily functions that can be disrupted by missing one or more teeth. We’ve also found that patients are more embarrassed and less likely to smile when missing teeth. With modern dentistry, dentures can help with any number of missing teeth, and bring back a healthy smile to our patients.
What Kind of Dentures Exist?
Dentures replace missing teeth and allow patients the chance to maintain a normal standard or living without any impairments to their biting, chewing, speaking, or smiling. While dentures are traditionally removable, with the help of dental implants, some denture options are now fixed into place, which are ideal for those that prefer permanent artificial teeth.
Conventional Dentures are placed 8-12 weeks after all the existing teeth have been removed, allowing the gum tissue to heal. They are custom made for comfort and are often preferred to immediate dentures, which are made in advance and do not fit your jaw perfectly.
Immediate Dentures can be placed the moment after all your teeth have been pulled, and serve as a bandage for your gums while they are healing. They have the same benefits as conventional dentures, except that they often require frequent adjustments to help fit your mouth. This cannot be avoided, as your mouth will continue to heal and shrink with time.
Partial Dentures, known as removable dental bridges, are used to support the mouth if one or more healthy teeth still remain. Attached to a gum-colored plastic base, these replacement teeth are connected with a metal framework to secure the denture in place. By filling the spaces left by missing teeth with the partial denture, it prevents neighboring teeth from shifting or moving from their correct alignment.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant Supported Dentures are highly versatile and can be used for patients missing any number of their teeth. These dentures are customized to look and feel like your natural teeth, and are fixed into the jaw to serve as a permanent dental solution. The implants bond with the jaw itself and provide a secure fixture for the denture, ensuring it does not need adjustments. After treatment, patients with implant supported dentures can bite, chew, and, speak the same way they would with healthy adult teeth, without having to remove their dentures at night or change their healthy dental hygiene routine. By placing natural looking and strong teeth permanently into the mouth, patients may return to their regular lifestyle, enjoying all the benefits typically gained from natural healthy adult teeth.
Dentures in Oklahoma City
Crossroads Family Dentistry is committed to designing the most comfortable and long-lasting dentures for your specific dental needs. We are very precise when crafting your custom molds, and want to ensure that you get the best results. Once your dentures are made and are ready for placement, we will give a final inspection to guarantee that no adjustments are necessary and that your dentures will fit into your mouth comfortably. Our dentures are built to last and can remain strong and comfortable for many years with regular care. Should you be considering the benefits dentures can provide in your life, contact our team today.
Your Appointment With Sedation Dentistry
Depending on your specific dental needs, we provide sedation dentistry that will allow you to be put to sleep or kept awake in a deeply relaxing state. In either form of sedation, our team will stand by you to monitor your health every step of the way. Although you may be awake during treatment, many patients report later that they have little to no memory of the procedure. After your appointment, we will provide you or a loved one with post-treatment instructions before you are driven home to rest. The effects of sedative medicine will fade in a few short hours, where we encourage patients to wait before resuming any extraneous activities.
Crossroads Family Dentistry
Dr. Underwood, Dr. Dais, Dr. Faulconer, and the team at Crossroads Family Dentistry love to keep the Oklahoma City area smiling with a conservative approach to dentistry. Our goal is always to provide the highest quality treatment and education to our patients. If you have any questions regarding dentures, dental implants or want to know your options for restoring your smile. Call today to schedule your appointment (405) 373-6896.