Missing teeth is never a good thing. It makes your smile look incomplete and haggard, and that can make you too embarrassed to smile. But gaps in your smile can also interfere with your ability to eat and even talk correctly. Between looking bad and having problems with using your teeth for what they’re there for, it can be a serious issue. And as with most problems, ignoring it or “getting by” will only make you irritable, or even miserable. Dentures have been around for a while, and for good reason: they work. That’s why Dietrich Dental Services offers several kinds of dentures to replace missing teeth.

Full Dentures

When you think of dentures, you probably think of full dentures: a whole arch of replacement teeth set in a gum-colored mold. If you are missing an arch of teeth (such as all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth), full dentures are a great way to solve the problems with eating, talking, and your appearance. The mold is custom-made to fit snugly but comfortably over your gums, and a special nontoxic adhesive is used to make sure they don’t fall out unexpectedly.

Partial Dentures

If you are missing some teeth but not a full arch, then partial dentures could be what you need. Like full dentures, partials are natural-looking artificial teeth set in a plastic, gum-colored mold. It also fits snugly over your gums, but because you have natural teeth, it uses clasps to secure itself to your teeth. This keeps the partial denture in place.

Implant-Supported Dentures

If you want additional strength and stability to hold your dentures in place, implant-supported dentures might work. They replace a full arch of teeth like full dentures, but instead of using adhesive and suction to hold the mold to your gums, they are connected to a thin metal bar that curves to follow the natural flow of your gums. This bar attaches to a series of dental implants. The implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, firmly rooting your dentures in your mouth. However, you will need a strong enough jawbone to place the implants.

Implant-Retained Dentures

A slightly different version is the implant-retained denture. They’re still used to replace a full arch of teeth, but instead of a curved metal bar, these use ball-shaped attachments that fit into sockets built into the dentures.

Temporary Dentures

If you are having multiple extractions before getting dentures for the first time, then you will need temporary dentures. This is because your gums will change and shrink a lot while you are healing. After complete healing, we make your new permanent denture so that you can get the best fit possible.

Sometimes, you just need something temporarily while you wait for a permanent solution to missing teeth. At our office, we have temporary dentures that not only look good but can also protect the empty space until the needed replacement is finished.

Dentures might have been around for a while, but that’s because they work. Newer dental technology is good for some people, but there’s no reason to skip what works just because it’s not new and flashy. For many people, our full, partial, and implant-supported dentures are what you need to keep eating, chewing, and talking correctly. If you’d like to know more about how dentures can work for you, call us today at [phone] or use our convenient online form.