The prompt replacement of missing teeth is important, not only for the aesthetics of your smile, but to avoid complex dental health problems. These problems can begin to develop after tooth loss, often compromising replacement choices. Your dentist in Lexington KY, Dr. Doyle Freano, works with patients who have lost teeth to determine which quality missing tooth options are best suited to their dental health and cosmetic goals.
Dr. Freano offers dentures, partial dentures and implant secured dentures to replace one or more missing teeth. Both full and partial dentures can be removable or fixed, depending on the chosen method of securing the denture. One of few area dentists providing comprehensive dental implant services, Dr. Freano often recommends incorporating dental implants to secure a denture or partial denture in a procedure called “all-on-four” for a highly aesthetic secure fit. Using dental implants to secure an appliance such as a dental bridge affords several key dental health benefits:
- Reduced bone loss in your jaw
- Secure, stable fit
- Patients can eat and speak normally
- No need for daily adhesives and concerns over slippage
Types of Dentures
There are several types of dentures that your Lexington KY dentist, Dr. Freano, offers. He will assess your condition during a comprehensive exam, discuss your personal concerns, and help you choose the type of denture that is right for you.
Partial Denture: Similar to a dental bridge, a partial denture replaces several missing teeth. This restoration is best used to replace consecutive lost teeth.
Full Dentures: Used to replace all of a person’s upper or lower teeth. Although this is the traditional way of replacing a full row of teeth, today’s modern dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than you think.
Implant-secured Dentures: Permanently attached to the jaw using dental implants, implant-secured dentures provide the highest rate of patient satisfaction. They sit on implants, instead of your gums. Therefore they are much more comfortable and do not require denture creams.
Learn more about dental implants vs. dentures.
Can you restore old dentures?
We do not recommend restoring old dentures if they do not fit like they used to and are causing pain. Your mouth changes over time. Traditional dentures do not support healthy jawbone growth or provide protection from receding gums. We do however recommend getting new dentures to save you time and money.
Can anyone with missing teeth get dentures?
Yes. Almost anyone can get dentures to replace a full row of missing teeth. In rare cases, patients with severe gum disease will have to get periodontal treatment before getting dentures.
What are the best dentures to get?
It will depend on many factors. Many patients qualify for most options, so it will depend mostly on your preference and budget. Dr. Freano will determine which option is best for your unique smile after a thorough dental exam.
How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
On average, you can expect to wait between 6-8 weeks after your initial exam for the new dentures to be fabricated and placed. Sometimes immediate dentures, or same-day dentures, are given as a temporary restoration while you wait for your new dentures.
Cosmetic Dentistry for A Lasting Smile
Later in life, our gums may recede, exposing the root surfaces of our teeth. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, and genetic predisposition. Root exposure is problematic mainly because root surfaces are covered by a material called cementum, which is much softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. In addition, certain antibiotics can limit the flow of saliva, which is protective against cavities.
For this reason, older patients must take special care to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly to ensure that root cavities do not occur. For elderly patients with dentures, regular dental visits are also important, as a dentist can ensure a properly fitting denture and can also examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer, with of which are highly treatable when caught early.
We understand that aesthetics are also important to our older adult patients. We can address certain cosmetic issues that may benefit us as we age. Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to parafunctional habits. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both options for older patients who desire to improve the look of their smiles!
In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet and exercise is important for older adults in maintaining the healthiest mouth possible. Certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are connected to oral health. Living a healthier lifestyle can lessen our risks for these diseases.
If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns for older patients, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Freano during your next visit!