Dentures are false teeth that are used to replace lost teeth. If you have missing teeth, wearing dentures will make speaking and eating easier and improve your smile. If you don’t replace missing teeth, the muscles in your face will sag. Dentures can help fill out your face. Led by Dr. Chanda Bennett, Bella Dentistry (located in Athens, GA) provides full service, state-of-the-art dental care to their patients. Read on to learn about the different types of dentures that are available.
Complete dentures are false teeth that are made and placed in your mouth after your remaining teeth are extracted and tissues have healed, which may take several months. Complete dentures are fitted into an acrylic base that's crafted to look like your gums. The upper denture features a plate, which covers the roof of the mouth, while the lower denture is horseshoe-shaped and rests on the gum and bone tissues.
Partial dentures are made when there are some teeth missing. This denture replaces only the teeth that are missing. Partial dentures can be made from metal, plastic, or a combination of both. They usually have metal clasps which grip or rest on the teeth to hold the denture in place. It's important for your natural teeth to be in good health, to support partial dentures.
An immediate (or temporary) denture is a partial or complete denture inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of your existing teeth. Your dental care provider will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. An immediate denture will help protect your gums while you heal and make the transition to permanent dentures easier.
Today, more and more people are choosing implant-supported dentures as a solution for smile restoration. An implant-supported denture is supported by and attached to dental implants. Conventional dentures rest on the gums, and are not supported by dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are used when patients don't have any teeth in the jaw, but have enough bone in the jaw to support dental implants.
If you want to get your smile back, call Bella Dentistry at (706) 546-7722 today to schedule a consultation in Athens, GA. Your success in wearing dentures depends on you! With a positive attitude, persistence and regular dental check-ups, you can become one of the millions of individuals who wear dentures successfully!