Welcome back to the ongoing blog of Tulip Tree Dental Care! Here at our South Bend, IN dental office, we offer a variety of tooth-replacement options — including dentures. Dentures are a great way to replace a full arch or full mouth of teeth (though we offer partial options as well). If you are missing your natural teeth or have recently learned that you will be undergoing an extraction soon, one of these great denture options may be right for you.
We understand that the idea (and certainly the reality) of living without teeth can be unpleasant. You can’t eat what you want, and you certainly can’t smile without embarrassment. Dentures accomplish a few different things. First, they restore your ability to eat nutritiously. Second, they restore your appearance and help you look younger. Last, and most important, they restore your confidence. Living without teeth can negatively affect how you feel about yourself — we want to help you look and feel your best once again!
We offer three main types (and various subtypes) of dentures here at Tulip Tree Dental Care. Below, you will be able to learn more about each of these types. If you are in the market for replacement teeth, consider how each of these options could benefit you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office. We will be happy to help you.
Removable dentures are the type you probably think of when you hear the word “dentures.” We craft realistic-looking replacement teeth and set them into a gum-colored mold. This mold is fitted to your gums and sits directly over them in your mouth. The denture is held in place by a snug fit and a special adhesive. This works well for many people and is considered to be a realistic-looking and functional setup.
We offer removable dentures in both full-arch and partial styles. Our partial dentures, in addition to a snug fit, are held in place using clasps. The clasps attach to the natural teeth surrounding your gap. These teeth lend their strength and support to the prosthetic. A partial removable denture is a great option for patients who are missing a few teeth, but not all of them.
Implant-secured dentures are designed much like removable dentures, except that they use dental implants to secure them into the mouth. We work with an oral surgeon to place the implants. You then return to our office to have your dentures placed. The dentures can be either implant-retained or implant-supported. The implant-retained dentures use ball attachments (to attach to the implant) while implant-supported dentures use a bar. Otherwise, both work very similarly to replace a full arch or full mouth of teeth. Implant-secured options are preferable for some people because they offer additional support as opposed to traditional removable dentures.
As with removable dentures, we also offer an implant-supported bridge. The option uses a smaller denture to replace either some teeth or all teeth in an arch and is anchored using implants. If you are looking for a partial denture but want the added security of implants, this may be a great option for you.
Temporary dentures are just like they sound — temporary. We offer these dentures for use during the time that your permanent dentures are being created. We never want you to have to go without teeth — these dentures will give you the appearance and functionality you need while you wait.
Make An Appointment
One of these denture options could be the solution to your tooth replacement needs. If you are ready to learn more, we recommend scheduling a consultation. During this consultation, we will examine your situation and help you determine which option is right for you.
To schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 574-208-5668. Don’t suffer through life without teeth! Let Dr. Hurcomb and our team help you find a replacement option that works well for you. We will be happy to assist you!