Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. If you have lost some or all of your teeth due to gum disease, injury, or decay, dentures may be a great solution. They can restore the look and function of your smile.
Missing teeth create numerous problems for your oral health and quality of life. Dentures can correct many of these issues and enhance your appearance. While it takes time to get used to wearing them, modern dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.
At Scavuzzo Dental Care, we offer three types of dentures to meet the needs of our diverse patients. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Scavuzzo at 303-741-2727 to learn if dentures are right for you. Our practice serves Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and other areas of Colorado.
Full dentures replace an arch of missing teeth. They feature a complete set of artificial teeth attached to a pink-toned acrylic base that resembles gum tissue. An upper denture covers the roof of the mouth, while a lower denture has a horseshoe shape to accommodate your tongue.
Full dentures stay in place by fitting securely over your gums. Sometimes, an adhesive may be necessary to achieve optimal stability.
Before fitting your full dentures, Dr. Scavuzzo will need to extract any remaining teeth. Immediate dentures can be placed right after tooth removal, though they may require adjustments as your mouth heals. Meanwhile, conventional dentures are fabricated after the healing process for a precise fit.
A denture that replaces several missing teeth is called a partial denture. This appliance is an ideal way to fill gaps between natural teeth, preventing undesirable shifting and changes to your bite.
There are several different ways to attach a partial denture. Some partial dentures feature a metal framework and clasps, while others have more aesthetic connection points. There are also partial dentures made of thin, flexible material. Dr. Scavuzzo will discuss your options.
Instead of resting on your gums, implant-supported dentures attach to dental implants for improved stability and function. Dental implants are titanium posts placed in the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. Dentures that attach to these biocompatible posts are sometimes called implant overdentures or snap-on dentures.
Once placed, dental implants begin to fuse with your jawbone. This process, known as osseointegration, turns the implants into secure anchors for your removable dentures.
Implant-supported dentures offer a wide range of benefits, including:
- Excellent stability and reliability
- Improved bite function
- Increased confidence knowing your dentures are secure
- Enhanced longevity (dental implants can last a lifetime)
- Improved oral health (implants stimulate the jaw to prevent bone loss)
Which Type of Denture is Best?
Full dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures are all appropriate in the right circumstances. The ideal denture for you depends on individual factors. These factors include your degree of tooth loss, your goals and expectations, and what you are comfortable spending on your dental appliance.
Full and partial dentures work best for patients who want a relatively immediate solution to missing teeth. These options are also more affordable than implant-supported dentures. However, they work best for patients with healthy gums and good bone structure.
Implant-supported dentures are an excellent choice if you have receding gums or a weak jawbone. These dentures are also desirable due to their unmatched stability and comfort. The process of getting an implant-supported denture does take time due to the added step of implant placement.
With a range of dentures available, there is something for every patient. Dr. Scavuzzo will work with you to find the right option. Our practice offers flexible financing options to help you afford dentures on any budget.
Schedule a Denture Consultation in Centennial
Today’s dentures offer improved comfort and reliability, making them an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Schedule a consultation at 303-741-2727 to learn if dentures are right for your unique situation. Scavuzzo Dental Care serves Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.