Whether due to injury, decay, periodontal disease, or other medical conditions, tooth loss can cause functional impairment and cosmetic concerns.
In fact, many patients experience difficulty chewing and speaking and changes in their facial structure as a result of missing teeth.
Fortunately, dentures are a safe and effective way to rejuvenate a patient’s smile and improve his/her quality of life. Keep reading to learn all about full mouth restoration with dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are customized dental devices that serve as a replacement for missing or damaged teeth. They can serve as an oral solution when several teeth have been lost or in the event that all teeth must be removed. Dentures can also be a fixed or removable appliance.
To prepare for dentures, a dentist or prosthodontist will evaluate your mouth, teeth, and gums, make impressions, and take measurements to ensure the proper fit and look of your new teeth.
What Are Complete/Full Dentures?
Complete or full dentures are indicated when all the teeth on the upper or lower portion of the mouth are missing or damaged.
This type of denture may require extractions of remaining teeth. When this is the case, patients may be given temporary dentures or be without teeth while gums heal from the extraction process.
Additionally, complete dentures are made of acrylic or resin, rest on the gums, and are removable.
What Is a Partial Denture?
A partial denture is often used when several adjacent teeth are missing or damaged. This prosthesis features metal clasps that allow it to be removed by the patient for cleaning.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
When patients have enough healthy jawbone, implant-supported dentures may be recommended. This device is permanent and secured to two or more dental implants anchored to the bone.
What Is Soft Reline for Dentures?
A soft reline for dentures can significantly improve pain and soreness caused by acrylic dentures. This procedure involves the application of a soft, pliable material to the inside of the dentures to reduce irritation as the appliance rests on the gums.
For additional information about restoring your smile with dentures in Washington DC, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.