Accidents, dental decay, gum infection, and age can all cause our teeth to become damaged or loose to the point where they cannot be saved. If you are missing one or more teeth, call Dental One Associates of Virginia today.
Our dentists can craft either a partial denture to replace just a few missing teeth, or a full denture to replace an entire row of missing teeth. The goal is to replace the natural teeth with artificial teeth that look real and allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence again.
Dentures are very common. More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 120 million people are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontics. Ninety percent of people who have lost all of their natural teeth choose to wear dentures.
How Can a Complete Denture Help You?
A complete denture is also called a full denture. It is a complete row of artificial top teeth or bottom teeth attached to a gum-colored base. A traditional denture is removable; you remove it at night to clean it and store it.
As you can imagine, if you have lost all of your upper or lower teeth, it’s difficult to chew and speak. Missing teeth can lead to malnutrition and even obesity; it can be easier to eat soft foods that are bad for you than healthy foods like vegetables and meat.
A complete denture restores your ability to eat and speak. It can take a while to get used to wearing a complete denture though. Denture-wearers have to learn how to use their mouth muscles to keep the denture in place. Many people also use dental adhesive to help keep the denture resting on the gums.
What is an Implant-Supported Denture?
If you would prefer a denture that is securely anchored in your mouth, gives you teeth 24-hours-a-day, and will never slip or require denture adhesive, ask our team about an implant-supported denture. This type of denture is often referred to as a permanent denture because it’s attached to several strategically-placed dental implants. The implants take the place of tooth roots and keep the row of artificial teeth from moving. The implants also reduce jawbone loss, premature wrinkling, and other problems that can result from missing teeth. READ MORE
What is a Partial Denture?
A partial denture is a solution for people who are missing some teeth, but still have most of their other teeth in their mouth. The partial denture fills in the gaps with artificial teeth. This not only gives you a complete smile again, but also keeps your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position.
A partial denture is different from a bridge. A bridge also replaces missing teeth, but the missing teeth need to be in a row. The artificial teeth used in a bridge are permanently anchored in the mouth by attaching the replacement teeth to crowns fitted over the natural teeth on either side of the gap. A partial denture is a removable device; it uses clasps that circle the natural teeth on either side of the gap, and is removed for cleaning and storage each night.
Denture Repairs, Relines and Adjustments
If you have a cracked or broken denture, call Dental One Associates of Virginia today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations. We’ll be happy to repair your denture, adjust it, or reline it so it’s comfortable and safe to wear again.
There’s nothing to be embarrassed about if your denture cracks, breaks, or no longer fits as well as it used to. Over time, the daily wear-and-tear caused by chewing and exposure to hot and cold foods and beverages can weaken the denture. Plus, accidents happen. Traditional dentures are removed at night, and that increases the risk they’ll be dropped. We’ve even had instances where the family dog got ahold of a denture and damaged it.
It’s also common to need to have the denture adjusted or relined. When you no longer have natural teeth, the jawbone changes shape as the bone recedes. That can cause the shape of the gumline to change, and the denture no longer fits as snugly as it once did. If your denture does not fit properly, it may move around in the mouth and cause discomfort. Our team will be happy to evaluate the fit of your denture and make the necessary adjustments so it fits well again.