When a tooth is lost due to disease or trauma, in most cases, it is important to replace it to protect your bite and preserve healthy jaw bone support.
Dr. Zanthos may recommend a bridge or dental implant to replace missing teeth in a small area, or, if multiple teeth are lost, he may recommend a partial or complete denture.
Removable Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture typically has clasps that rest on natural teeth to secure a rigid metal platform or flexible acrylic base (Valplast® partials) mounted with "false" teeth to take the place of missing teeth.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch. They are made of solid acrylic plastic to resemble natural gum tissue and teeth. In some cases, porcelain or metal materials may be used in a complete denture.
If your dentures are uncomfortable or loose and denture adhesive is a nuisance, an implant-supported denture may be a great option for you.
How Implant Supported Dentures work:
- An implant-supported denture is removable, similar to your current dentures. The difference, however, is that your new denture is fitted with special fittings that "snap" onto dental implants that have been placed by a dental specialist for support.
- The dental implants hold the denture firmly in place, thus eliminating the need for denture adhesives.
- Patients that have had their dentures secured with dental implants often comment that they feel more confident about their smile and are able to enjoy foods such as soft breads, steak and crunchy fruits and vegetables again without worrying about unstable dentures.