If you have had substantial tooth loss or an oral condition that has caused the need for multiple tooth removal, dentures may be the complete or partial solution for you.
Dentures are replacement teeth that are removable, unlike implants. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, a partial or full set may be recommended to replace your missing teeth. If you have some natural teeth, your dentures will be created to match so that they are not too noticeable. Patients receiving dentures for the first time may have trouble eating and speaking until they are used to them.
Depending on the amount of tooth loss you have, Dr. Kim will recommend either partial or full dentures to meet your needs. While implants and bridges can be used, replacing large sections and rows of teeth with individual implants can get very costly.
In most cases, patients receiving complete dentures will still have a few teeth left, but due to their condition, these teeth will need to be removed. Once these teeth are removed, you will have the option of conventional or immediate dentures to replace your teeth. With conventional dentures, you will need to wait a period of eight to twelve weeks after the last remaining teeth have been removed to have them fitted. With immediate dentures, there is no waiting period while the gums heal.
Partial dentures or a removable bridge replaces a section of one or more teeth. The base of the partial denture is typically made to resemble gums for a more natural look. This type of denture is attached to the surrounding teeth via metal framework. There is also a more permanent option called a fixed bridge that is cemented into place for a secure fit. In general, a bridge is a more natural looking solution for tooth restoration purposes.
If you have significant tooth loss, complete or partial dentures may be a solution for you. Call Healthy Living Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim.