Do your missing teeth prevent you from eating the foods you love? Do you keep your lips closed when smiling for the camera? If you’d like to replace several teeth or need a whole new set of pearly whites, contact Tulip Tree Dental Care to learn about your dentures options South Bend, IN area!
At our South Bend, IN dentist office, Dr. Nicole Hurcomb and our professional team offer an array of tooth replacement options to help you regain your beautiful smile and oral function. So you can make the choice that’s right for you, we will clearly explain all your options.
We will ensure your comfort and can help relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options!
Implant-Retained And Implant-Supported Dentures
Dr. Nicci Hurcomb on Dentures at Tulip Tree Dental Care Read Transcript
Denture options can go from if you're only missing a few teeth you can get a partial denture, which replaces partial number of teeth on an upper or a lower arch. Those are kind of like retainers, I explain to patients, they have a couple of teeth on them and they come in and out and you take them out at night and you don't sleep with them. But they replace all the missing teeth that you have. If you need to go the next step you can get traditional denture, which are the regular dentures that come in and out of your mouth. The upper one tends to stay a little bit better because you can get some suction with the palate. The lower one not so much, the tongue's in the way and it likes to push it and move it everywhere. You get usually a lot of sore spots from having a lower denture. Some people are really happy with it and they've had it for 20 years and it's not a problem. If you need to go to the next step you can get a couple of implants for your dentures which will make it a lot more stable. You can't rock it out with your tongue especially on the lower. They're almost like trailer hitch locators that I call them. And you can snap that denture down onto them and they're really really stable. They're really good for helping people chew, and to just be really more comfortable out in public. You're not going to worry about talking and spitting your denture out or eating at a restaurant and spitting your dentures out. Then there's also one more step. You can go to fixed dentures, which is you get several implants on the top and several implants on the lower. We actually make a prosthesis where it gets screwed into those implants and it doesn't come out, except for one time a year when I unscrew it. I clean it. I put it back in with some new screws and then you're good for the next year. We got some really good options in dentures from now on.
Dentures retained by dental implants are used to replace a full arch or even full mouth of teeth. After a local oral surgeon places the dental implants, we will secure your denture to ball attachments on the implants. Because the dental implants literally fuse with your jawbone, your dentures will have a very sturdy foundation.
Dental implant-supported type of denture works much like the implant-retained ones, except they use a bar attachment instead of balls. This can provide even more stability than implant-retained dentures, but both options offer added support and are excellent alternatives to traditional removable denture.
Full Removable Dentures
If dental implants are not right for you, we can create custom full removable type of denture to replace an entire arch or even an entire mouthful of teeth. Your denture will be secured in place with a snug fit and a special denture adhesive. At our South Bend, IN dental office, we work hard to create a denture that look great and fit comfortably!
Partial removable type work just like full removable denture except that they replace only some of your natural teeth. Partial dentures are typically held in place by clasps attached to your natural teeth to offer great support and stability. We also offer this type of denture that is secured to dental implants for an even stronger hold!
A partial denture can be a great option if you are missing too many teeth to be considered a candidate for a fixed dental bridge.
Sometimes, permanent dentures take a few months to make – but at our office, we can make temporary dentures quickly! You’ll be able to chew normally and avoid the embarrassment of going without teeth!
Take The First Step Toward Your New Smile
Are you ready to get the replacement teeth you need to go on living your life to the fullest? Say hello to your new smile and call Tulip Tree Dental Care at 574-208-5668. You can also stop by our South Bend, IN dental office in person or use our online form to schedule or ask questions.