Dentures: Rejuvenate Your Bite and Smile
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, smiling, speaking, and eating may become uncomfortable or impact your confidence. Because these activities allow you to share your joy, communicate, and eat a nutritious diet, finding a lasting solution for lost teeth is essential. Our doctors offer both traditional and implant-supported dentures at our Birmingham practice - restorations that can allow you to improve your confidence and enjoy fully restored function again. To learn more about your candidacy for dentures, schedule an appointment with us today.
What Are Traditional Dentures?
Traditional dentures are removable prosthetic devices composed of artificial gums and teeth. Typically, traditional removable 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.
This type of denture offers patients a quick, comprehensive solution to missing teeth. Benefits include:
- Improved quality of life, as a result of fully functional chewing and speaking
- A restored smile which fills cheeks and prevents sagging associated with tooth loss
- More affordable than an entire set of individual dental implants
- Non-invasive; require no surgery
- Removable dentures are easy to clean and maintain
Partial dentures restore a number of missing teeth in a row, and typically include artificial teeth attached to a base, and clasps that secure over your adjacent, natural teeth.
If you have remaining natural teeth that prevent you from receiving dentures, Dr. Gooch will discuss whether tooth extraction is in your best interest. If you choose to undergo extractions, we offer a range of sedation dentistry services to ensure your complete comfort. He may also offer alternative solutions to restore your smile and bite.
Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures
Dr. Gooch typically recommends his patients choose to receive dental implant-retained dentures, which can either be full or partial. Implant-supported dentures snap securely into place over surgically implanted posts.
Implant-supported dentures will not slip out of place, look and feel extremely natural, and are the only type of denture that guards against bone loss. Once a tooth is extracted or falls out, the surrounding jawbone can begin to atrophy. Implant posts continue to stimulate the jawbone, preserving oral health while restoring functionality and aesthetics. If you have been missing teeth for a number of years and your jawbone is weak or damaged, Dr. Gooch may perform bone grafting first to help you achieve a jawbone that is strong and dense enough to support implants.
Learn More About Dentures
If you are living with missing teeth, you do not have to suffer from the resulting impaired function and compromised confidence in your smile. All of our dentures are crafted of the highest quality materials, and are customized to complement your unique facial features so you can once again enjoy a beautiful, functional smile. Contact us today to learn more about your treatment options and candidacy for dentures during an appointment with Dr. Gooch.