When the condition of your teeth deteriorates so badly that they're irreparable, removal is the only option. Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth, and they are one of the many restorative services offered at Lee and Van Mieghem in Lynnwood, Washington. Book an appointment today to learn how dentures can transform your smile and help you maintain your oral health.
A denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base. The denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.
There are two variations of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth remain. Partial dentures are designed to allow for the future loss of teeth that may not be as healthy as the rest. Alternatives to partial dentures include bridges, implants, and, occasionally, full dentures.
Each patient’s needs are different, but full dentures often are a good option if all your teeth are missing in the same arch. Full dentures restore your chewing ability, give you a natural looking smile, and offer an economical alternative to other procedures.
A partial denture is inherently much more stable and therefore more comfortable than a complete denture. Many factors help your dentist determine whether you are a candidate for tooth replacement with a partial denture. Among these factors, the health of the gums and the shape of the anchor teeth are most important.
An upper full denture almost always feels better than a lower full denture.
To dramatically improve the fit of a lower full denture, your dentist may suggest using dental implants as a retentive mechanism. Implants placed in the lower jaw help anchor the denture and significantly improve comfort. Sometimes, the implants can be placed in the jaw after a denture has been in use for several years.
With partial dentures, the metal clasps usually are visible and can affect the beauty of your smile. Often, however, there are options available to reduce or eliminate the need for visible clasps.
It is important to note that life with dentures is a significant lifestyle change when compared to natural teeth. Dentures impact the type of foods you can eat, your self-confidence in social situations, and even your self-esteem.
Luckily, the experts at Lee and Van Mieghem DDS can design well-fitting dentures that look completely natural. To learn more, book an appointment online today.