The prompt replacement of missing teeth is important, not only for the beauty of your smile but also 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.
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. Learn about the different types of dentures we provide.
Similar to a dental bridge, a partial denture can replace many missing teeth. This restoration is best for replacing consecutive lost teeth. A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that can consist of a variety of materials, including gold, porcelain, acrylic and metal. Your dentist will attach it to the remaining teeth with clasps or screws.
Complete dentures replace all of a person’s upper or lower arch teeth and some gum tissue. 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. A full or complete denture consists of three main components: the base, the upper, and the clasp. The base is a metal or plastic framework that fits over your gums to hold the denture in place. The upper is acrylic, porcelain, or metal and covers your gums to replace the teeth you lost. The clasp keeps your denture in place when you eat and drink.
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. The process is a lengthy one because your dentist will need to place dental implants first. However, the results can last a lifetime and you will not need periodic replacements.
The Benefits of Implant-Secured Dentures
Dr. Freano is one of a few local dentists that provides comprehensive dental implant services. He 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, such as:
- Reduced bone loss in your jaw and prevents facial sagging.
- Patients can eat and speak normally because of the secure, stable and permanent fit.
- A lack of tooth movement, and the ability to chew with greater variety.
- A more natural appearance, as implants are more similar to real teeth in feel and color than counterparts without them.
- Improved jaw comfort by providing a stable base for chewing that does not move with the jaw, as it would without them.
- No need for daily adhesives and concerns over slippage.
Learn more about dental implants vs. dentures.
Read answers to common questions about denture treatment below.
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, so it’s natural for old dentures to start irritating the mouth a bit. Furthermore, traditional dentures do not support healthy jawbone growth or provide protection from receding gums. Dentists 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. However, their mouth has to be in good condition before treatment can begin. For example, patients with severe gum disease will have to get periodontal therapy treatments before getting dentures. Also, the dentist will need to extract any remaining damaged teeth in order to create a perfect-fitting denture.
What are the best dentures to get?
The best dentures are the ones that fit your mouth correctly and are comfortable to wear. However, the dentures you need 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. During this time, the dental lab will fabricate your new dentures. Once we receive them, we will call you back in to fit the dentures in your mouth. Sometimes we give immediate dentures, or same-day dentures, as a temporary restoration while you wait for your new dentures.
Do I Need Special Products to Maintain my Implant-secured Dentures?
No. Maintaining implant-supported dentures is easy! Simply apply toothpaste with your normal toothbrush and brush as usual. To make sure you’re brushing the right way, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be gentile. Brush your teeth 2 times per day and floss gently between your gums and the denture. There is no need to buy dental products for help with denture cleaning or adhesion.
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 859-251-3809 today.