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 restorative dentistry 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.
The Benefits of Implant-Secured Dentures
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.
Read answers to common questions about denture treatment:
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.
Contact Our Dental Office Today
If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns for older patients, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Freano during your next dental exam! Request an appointment online or call 859-554-1586 today.