If you’ve lost your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Your health and appearance will benefit. Weller Aesthetic & Implant Dental Care utilizes various types of dentures to meet an individuals needs.
A conventional denture, or standard denture, is made for an individual who is already missing all their teeth, or is unhappy with their current denture. The materials available today for dentures, allow the doctor to produce dentures that fit comfortably, appear natural and help you stay healthier. Conventional dentures normally take approximately four visits to fabricate.
An immediate dentures, also referred to as a temporary denture, is a great option for an individual that needs to have the remaining teeth in the upper or lower arch removed, and does not want to be without teeth during the healing period. The denture is fabricated prior to the teeth being extracted. On the day that the natural teeth are extracted the immediate denture is place in the mouth and can actually aid in protecting the tissue. When the soft tissue has completely healed and shrinkage of the underlying bone has occurred, approximately 4 to 6 months later, a new permanent denture is made. There are several advantages of fabricating a new denture after the tissue and bone have healed completely. The new denture will fit more securely, stay in place better and feel better.
Implant dentures are a great option for an individual who does not want to deal with issues often associated with conventional dentures, such as lack of stability, difficulty chewing or speaking, and discomfort. An implant-supported overdenture actually snaps into place, providing excellent stability. This stability can allow the individual to function almost as well as they did with natural teeth.
A comprehensive evaluation including x-rays is necessary to determine if a patient is a candidate for dental implants. In order to be a candidate for dental implants, a patient needs to have adequate bone present to secure the implants, and not to have any kind of health conditions that will impair bone healing.