Find out how this simple oral prosthetic from our Greensboro office can give you back your smile!
Are you an adult who is missing several or even all of your teeth? If so, you may be wondering what options you have that could help you regain a full smile again. You’re in luck. While our dentist, Dr. Michelle Mottinger, offers many tooth replacement options here at our Greensboro practice, one quick and easy solution that many patients turn to is dentures, a removable prosthetic that can replace some or even all of your missing teeth.
Of course, there are several different kinds of dentures from which to choose, including...
Are you missing all of your teeth on the upper or lower jaws? If so, then full dentures will be the best approach for getting a complete set of teeth. These dentures rest firmly on top of the gum tissue to create natural suction to help them stay in place. Full dentures consist of a gum-like base that contains a full set of artificial teeth that are made to look just like real teeth.
As you may be able to glean from the name alone, partial dentures are placed when you are missing some teeth but still have some healthy teeth present. Just like with full dentures, partials are made up of a set of teeth that sit on a plastic base designed to look like gum tissue. Clasps or metal attachments from the partial dentures are secured to healthy neighboring teeth to keep the false teeth in place.
Also referred to as overdentures, dental implants are ideal for patients looking to stabilize their full dentures (particularly those who need to replace all of their upper teeth). To prevent teeth from shifting or moving around when chewing or talking, our dentist can place several dental implants into the jawbone where they will anchor the false teeth in place. Dental implants boast a very high success rate and could last the rest of your life once they are placed. In order to get implants, you need to be in good health and have a strong jawbone.
Conventional vs. Immediate
Dentures also fall under the categories of conventional or immediate. Immediate dentures are the type of false teeth that our dentist will place right after a tooth extraction so that you still have teeth while your mouth heals. Accordingly, they are not designed for long-term wear.
It’s the conventional dentures that are custom fitted to your mouth’s measurements after everything has fully healed from the extraction. Conventional dentures can last up to ten years or more with the proper care and maintenance.
Contact Us Today!
Are you interested in finding out if dentures are right for you? If so, call our Greensboro dental office today at (336) 375-1825 to schedule a consultation!