If you’re one of the more than 40 million Americans who’s missing all of their teeth, dentures can restore your smile, boosting your confidence and self-esteem. At Battle Ground Dental, in Battle Ground, Washington, family dentists Jeffrey Kockritz, DDS, and Spencer Woodbury, DDS, offer several types of dentures, including partial, fixed, and implant-supported dentures. To see if you’re a candidate for dentures, book an appointment with the team online or by calling the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
Dentures are oral prosthetics that replace missing teeth. They’re made from materials like plastic, nylon, or acrylic and rest comfortably on top of your gums. Dentures look and feel like your permanent teeth. They stay in place with clasps or denture glue, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak.
The team at Battle Ground Dental offers several types of dentures, including:
If you’re missing only a handful of teeth, the team might recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures have a wireframe and a number of artificial teeth. The frame connects to small metal clasps around your existing, healthy teeth. Partial dentures restore your smile to its near-original condition and lower the risk of gum recession and bone loss.
Full dentures replace a complete row of permanent teeth. They have a metal base plate, pink gums made of plastic, and a row of artificial teeth. You apply a denture adhesive to the base plate and rest them on top of your gums. To maintain the shape of full dentures, you soak them in a special cleaning solution overnight.
If you don’t want to remove and soak your dentures each night, consider implant-supported ones. Implant-supported dentures attach to dental implants, titanium posts that fuse with your jaw. Implant-supported dentures are the sturdiest and longest-lasting tooth-replacement option, but they require oral surgery and an extended healing period.
The type of dentures that will most benefit you depends on your age, dental health history, and goals for treatment. Following a comprehensive oral exam, a series of digital X-rays, and an in-office assessment, the team can make recommendations that align with your budget and needs.
Dentures are just like other oral prosthetics in that they require regular cleaning and maintenance. If you have partial or complete dentures, it’s important to soak them overnight in an FDA-approved denture solution.
If you have implant-supported dentures, brush twice daily, floss regularly, and visit Battle Ground Dental twice a year for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To see if dentures can benefit you, request a consultation at Battle Ground Dental. Book an appointment online or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.