Tooth loss negatively impacts your ability to eat and speak clearly and can lead to serious oral health problems if left untreated.
Gooch Family Dental can restore your oral function and improve your confidence with traditional and implant-supported dentures.
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If you are looking for the best solution for tooth loss, a visit to Gooch Family Dental is the best place to start. While many dentists provide dentures, our advanced practice offers a variety of custom-tailored options to give you the best restorative solution for your needs. Our traditional and implant-supported dentures are incredibly life-like and provide all the functionality you need to feel good about your smile.
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Learn about Your Options
Traditional Full Dentures
Traditional dentures are removable prosthetic devices composed of artificial gums and teeth. Traditional complete dentures are constructed of pink acrylic for the gums and palate, and high-quality plastic or porcelain teeth. Full dentures span an entire top or bottom arch, resting directly over your gums, and rely on natural suction and specially formulated adhesives for added support.
Traditional Partial Dentures
Partial dentures restore several missing teeth and typically include a base of artificial teeth attached to a metal framework that secures around your natural teeth. While some patients with tooth decay are better served with extractions and full dentures, others can use their remaining healthy teeth for additional denture support. During your consultation at our Birmingham practice, we will assess your oral health and determine the best long-term option for your condition.
Our dentists typically recommend dental implant-retained dentures to patients that qualify. This option can be designed to fill either a full or partial dental arch. Dental implants are placed within the jawbone, replacing missing tooth roots and providing an incredibly stable foundation to secure your denture. Implant dentures look and feel extremely natural, and are the only type of denture that guards against bone loss. Meanwhile, they are fixed in place, eliminating the tedious and often embarrassing aspects of traditional denture care such as rinsing after meals and soaking overnight.
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Choosing the Best Denture
There are several factors our patients in the greater Birmingham, AL, region must consider before choosing their denture...
While implant-supported dentures are generally considered the best restoration method, not everyone qualifies for implant treatment. Patients need to have sufficient bone density to support dental implants or first undergo a bone graft to supplement their jaw tissue. Implants also involve a surgical procedure, so treatment is not recommended for patients who smoke or have medical conditions that can increase the risks of surgery.
Traditional removable dentures are more affordable than dental implants. While we are glad to offer flexible financing through CareCredit®, patients on a tight budget may find removable dentures more appealing. Our dentists can provide you with a cost estimate and go over your payment options during a consultation to help you find the best treatment option.
Expectations & Goals
You should not underestimate the value of fixed stability for your denture. Unlike removable prosthetics, implant-supported dentures never slip out of place and feel virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Patients must also be prepared for gum recession and bone atrophy to advance in the years following tooth loss. Both these conditions make wearing a removable denture more difficult and painful as time goes on. On the other hand, implant posts stimulate the jawbone, preserving your bone health and dental function for life.
Unparalleled Attention to Detail Designing Your Custom Denture
We never take shortcuts at Gooch Family Dental. Our dentists craft each and every prosthetic with the highest quality materials and latest dental technology to achieve consistently superior dentures. We take into account your unique facial features and aesthetic preferences in order to enhance your entire appearance and help you feel totally confident.
Our Birmingham, AL, practice works in collaboration with a reputable dental lab for denture manufacturing and repairs. The skilled lab technicians are specially trained in the latest production methods and hand-craft each custom restoration. In as little as two weeks, your denture will be ready and you can return to the office to have it adjusted and placed.
Life with Dentures
Aftercare and Maintenance
It can take some time to get accustomed to removable dentures, especially as the muscles in your mouth strengthen and adapt to the prosthetic. Over time, your denture should begin to feel more natural and comfortable. Expect to visit our Birmingham practice periodically for adjustments to the fit. Care for your traditional dentures by removing and soaking overnight in denture solution, and brushing twice a day over a soft towel.
In contrast, implant-supported dentures require far less maintenance. For the most part, they are cared for like natural teeth and stay in your mouth until periodic check-ups. If you have any questions at all about caring for your dentures, don't hesitate to contact our dentists.
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