If you’ve lost all your teeth, or if you’ve been told that your remaining teeth will have to be extracted, you may have lost hope. You may believe that you won’t be able to eat all the foods you love. Maybe you believe that you won’t ever be able to smile without embarrassment.
Living without teeth poses a number of challenges. Among those getting adequate nutrition from the foods you can eat. Poor nutrition can cause health problems and make existing health challenges worse. The soft foods that people without teeth typically favor may not have enough protein or vitamins to maintain the body in good health. And trying to eat without teeth carries a higher risk of choking unless special precautions are taken.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live without teeth. Dentures may be the solution for you.
Modern dentures use a variety of advanced materials that offer many advantages in strength, durability, and comfort. And, they present a much more realistic, lifelike appearance than the dentures of long ago. To put it another way, these aren’t your grandparents’ dentures.
We offer a variety of denture solutions in our South Bend, Indiana dental office. Whether you need replacements for all of your teeth, or just some, we have the answer that will work for you.
Today’s dentures fall into two basic classes: removable and fixed.
All types of removable dentures require special care and cleaning. Our staff will make sure that you know how to care for your removable dentures.
Temporary dentures can serve several purposes. They can allow you to eat and smile immediately after teeth are extracted. They can also serve you until your permanent dentures are ready, a process which can take up to several months.
Removable Full Dentures
These dentures are designed to replace your entire arch of bottom teeth, top teeth, or both. Full dentures have come a very long way in terms of fit, comfort, and durability.
We’ll take very careful measurements of your mouth and create a mold that is tinted to the same shade as your gums. Then, we craft very realistic-looking replacement teeth that are permanently inserted into the mold.
The denture fits comfortably and snugly over your gums. The combination of a great fit and denture adhesive holds it securely in place. This is an excellent option for people who are missing one or both arches of teeth.
People who are missing too many teeth for a dental bridge to work as a replacement can benefit from partial dentures. Partial dentures fit over your gums like full dentures. The difference is that partial dentures are secured to your existing teeth by clasps.
Partial dentures can also be supported by dental implants.
Fixed dentures are attached to dental implants. Implants are strong metal screws, usually made of titanium, that are inserted through the gums and into the underlying bone by an oral surgeon. Once the bone has fused to the implant, usually after about six months, the implant is firmly supported and can be used to anchor a variety of dentures permanently. This is another large advance over yesterday’s dentures.
Implants can hold full dentures in place, providing firm replacements for one or both arches of teeth. Once your implants are in place and ready, we’ll attach your dentures to to the implants using metal balls that fit into sockets. The ball-and-socket attachments keep your dentures in place and make them stronger and more secure than removable dentures.
Implant-supported dentures use metal bars that follow the curves of your jaws to provide even more stability than ball-and-socket attachments.
Determining which type of dentures are best for you begins with a consultation with Dr. Hurcomb. She’ll perform a thorough examination and discuss your particular situation and needs with you. Together, you’ll decide which option is best for you.
Please note that not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. If you want implant-supported or implant-retained dentures, Dr. Hurcomb will determine whether those are workable solutions.
With all the advantages of modern denture materials and design, the time has never been better to explores dentures as an option. You don’t have to experience discomfort while eating or embarrassment about your smile. Call our South Bend, IN dental office at 574-208-5668 to schedule an appointment. Or, use our online scheduling application to send us a message.
Dr, Hurcomb and the staff of Tulip Tree Dental look forward to meeting you.