If you have lost one or more teeth, dentures are an effective, economical replacement option. They can be used to replace any number of teeth, from just a single lost tooth to all the teeth in your mouth. Although there are many newer techniques for replacing lost teeth, dentures remain the most popular tooth replacement option because they are affordable and practical.
Advantage Dental Group has served Pueblo for more than 20 years, and we’re known for our outstanding work on dentures. Many members of our team have more than 20 years personal experience in dentistry, and they bend their experience to providing patients with the best results in a comfortable, welcoming environment. If you are looking for dentures in Pueblo, Please call (719) 545-1400 today for an appointment with a Advantage Dental Group dentist.
What Are Dentures?
Technically, dentures are any tooth replacement. For example, a dental bridge is sometimes called a fixed partial denture. But for the purposes of this page, we’re going to focus on traditional removable dentures.
Traditional removable dentures are tooth replacements that are made up of a supporting base that holds one or more replacement teeth. In general, traditional removable dentures are divided into two categories:
- Partial dentures
- Full or complete dentures
Partials are used when you have lost one or more teeth in an arch, but have enough natural teeth remaining to support the partial denture. Full dentures are used when you have lost all teeth in an arch and need to replace them.
Benefits and Limitations of Partial Dentures
If you have lost are have to lose one or more teeth, partial dentures are the simplest and most economical tooth replacement option.You only need to be in the office for taking impressions and fitting them. There is no need to modify any of your healthy teeth, and you don’t need surgery. They are ready quickly.
Partials close the gaps in your teeth and give you back a complete smile. And they do it for a reasonable price.
There are, however, tradeoffs required for them. They aren’t really effective for chewing, so many people take them out when eating. And because of the hooks and clasps that link them to natural teeth, they can cause damage to natural tooth either by wearing down the supporting tooth or simply providing a place where plaque and food residue can collect. Some people also find it hard to be comfortable wearing partial dentures.
Benefits and Limitations of Complete Dentures
Complete dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. With no natural teeth to hold onto, they are held in place by their fit over the alveolar ridge (the bone that anchors natural teeth) and the suction created by a seal against the roof or floor of the mouth. This seal can be improved using denture adhesive, but the amount of force that they can withstand is limited. More about this later.
As with partials, complete dentures are economical and can be ready quickly. You will be given a set of healing dentures at the same time your last teeth are removed. These usually don’t fit or function as well as permanent ones, but they encourage healing. They can look very attractive, and they will improve your ability to eat foods compared to unhealthy natural teeth.They can also help you look younger.
Complete dentures have limitations, however. Because of their limited force, your diet will likely be limited to some extent. You’ll also have to learn to chew differently with them, and it may take longer to eat foods that require chewing. You’ll also have to learn techniques to keep them in when talking or laughing. They require extra care to keep them clean, but when properly cared for they can stay attractive and won’t smell.
Do I have to replace both arches at the same time?
No. If one arch of teeth is unhealthy but the teeth in the other arch are still healthy and functional, we can replace the unhealthy teeth and maintain the others. Usually, people replace the top arch first, because upper dentures function better.
One way to overcome the limitations of traditional dentures is to combine them with dental implants. There are many options for doing this, depending on your goals.
Implant-retained dentures use implants just to hold them in your mouth. The force of biting and chewing is still largely directed onto the gums, but they are much more secure in your mouth. These can be achieved with as few as two dental implants. It’s easy to adapt traditional dentures to implant-retained dentures.
If you want to really improve the bite force of your dentures, you should consider implant-supported dentures. They direct the force onto dental implants so you might have as much as 90% of the bite force of natural teeth, allowing you to eat all your favorite foods.
This requires more dental implants (at least 4), and it may require reinforcing traditional dentures or replacing them with a sturdier denture designed for the purpose.
Hybrid dentures are implant-supported dentures that are fully attached to your dental implants. They don’t have to be removed at night for cleaning and give you a very strong bite. They can be removed by your dentist for periodic cleaning or when necessary for repairs.
Are You Looking for Dentures in Pueblo?
If you’re in Pueblo and you need new or replacement dentures, Advantage Dental Group is a great choice. We have long been recognized for the quality of our dentures, and our caring, well-trained, and experienced staff can help you get the best ones for you.
Please call (719) 545-1400 today for an appointment at Advantage Dental Group.