At Northwest Dental we offer free consultations with our denturist to answer any questions or concerns you might have about the denture process. Call a clinic near you to schedule a visit!
Every set of dentures made at our office are personally constructed and designed in our on-site dental lab with the highest quality products. This makes it possible for the patient to see their dentures throughout the process, as well as make changes during it, as a way to ensure the perfect look and fit.
Full dentures are typically for patients who have had their teeth removed due to age, periodontal disease or decay. They provide support for the mouth, cheeks and tongue and act as a replacement for permanent teeth. Typically made of acrylic, they are fashioned to fit perfectly into a patients mouth after all other teeth are removed and the gums have been given adequate time to heal. Unlike natural teeth, dentures can wear down and cause poor alignment in the jaw. It is always a good idea to regularly attend dental examinations to make sure you are getting the most benefit and comfort out of your dentures.
If you are missing a smaller section of teeth, or only a few, Partial Dentures may be something to consider. Made of a combination of metal and acrylic, these dentures fit onto the remaining teeth giving coverage in the area only where you need it. A set of acrylic teeth are attached to a metal band that slides over your remaining teeth like a retainer. The denture will match the color of your existing teeth, giving a seamless look and feel. This retainer is removable and can easily be sanitized and put back in. A full set of teeth is necessary for optimal speech, chewing and grinding food, and even digestion. By attaching a removable denture to remaining healthy teeth, patients are able to restore full function of the teeth and oral health. See below for more details about the type of partial dentures we provide:
Metal Framework Partials
These are the most common partials that are made to date. The partial is very strong and is made to aid in chewing when teeth are missing. The partial denture attaches to the existing teeth via a clasp and stays in place without adhesives. The partial is made in our office, with the exception of the metal framework. Depending on the case, a metal framework partial requires 3-4 appointments and takes about 5 weeks to complete.
This partial is made out of a flexible vinyl material. The benefit of this partial is that it is virtually unbreakable and very comfortable.
This type of partial is the least expensive available, but does not have a long lifespan and only provides limited functionality. An acrylic partial is used for aesthetic purposes, not for function or as a long-term solution. It is most commonly used for those missing one or two front teeth or as a temporary solution while a permanent partial or bridge is being made.
Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, our denturist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient’s jaws during initial visits. A benefit of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first eight to twelve months after the removal of your teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures require temporary liners to fit properly, which are placed monthly in our office. A permanent reline will then be made in our office once the tissues have healed.
Implant dentures are the most permanent solution for tooth loss. It involves implanting a metal post into the jaw bone and attaching one or a series of teeth to the post. They differ from full dentures because they are set into the teeth as opposed to glued to the gum line. Some patients find it hard to wear dentures only on the lower jaw, so they opt for implants. Because they are more stable and set into place, they feel and act as real teeth. They can even be stained to perfectly matched to your existing tooth shade. Many patients find it easier to bite down and chew food properly. The dentures are still removable, as this helps with cleaning the false teeth and giving a more aesthetic appearance. Denture implants also help save gum tissue and provide a better, more stable bite to aid in digestion and ultimately nutrition. Because they don’t slide around on the gums like conventional dentures can, they are a great option for patients who want a more natural feel. Of all the denture options, they are the best for durability and longevity.
We know that making this decision is not an easy one, and you want to find a denturist that you know and trust. We hope to provide you with all the information you need in order to make the best decision for you and your oral health. We would love to become your full service denture and dental provider. Please give Northwest Dental a call to schedule your consultation today!
At Northwest Dental we offer free consultations with our denturist to answer any questions or concerns you might have about the denture process. Call our office today to schedule your next visit!
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