Dentures in Clearwater
In cases of severe tooth loss, where some or all of the teeth in an arch are missing, we recommend dentures. Dentures are an oral prosthetic made with porcelain or plastic teeth that’s used to restore the look and function of a patient’s smile. Dr. Marshall understands that the loss of entire arch of teeth can have a negative impact on your self-esteem, and provides dentures to patients with missing teeth so they can return to living a normal life.
There are two types of dentures, the maxillary and mandibular, which are used for the upper and lower teeth respectively. For patients with only a few teeth missing, there are partial dentures. A partial denture is connected to the adjacent teeth with crowns or metal wires and are removable. Follow Dr. Marshall’s instructions for wear to get the best results from a partial.
Dentures are typically removable, but they can also be fixed, wherein they are attached permanently to the jawbone with a dental implant. The benefit of having fixed dentures is that they don’t slip, or fall out of place. Learning to eat comfortably, speak, and enunciate while wearing dentures may take practice.
The Different Types of Dentures
Full dentures, also known as “complete”, replace the teeth for an entire arch. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth in a row, or only part of an arch. Some dentures are called “immediate” as they are placed immediately after a tooth extraction, and can aid in the healing process while filling out your smile. Immediate dentures are crafted in anticipation of extraction or tooth loss.
Dental Implant-Assisted Dentures
For fixed dentures, the patient receives a dental implant, which is a metal anchor that holds the implant in place. The dentist can then clip a full or partial denture onto the implant. By having a dental implant, the denture is much more secure, giving the patient peace of mind in knowing that it won’t shift or fall out.
Considerations and Care
Just like regular teeth, dentures accumulate plaque and tartar, which is why they require daily cleaning to prevent stains. Toothpaste is not recommended for cleaning dentures, as it’s too harsh, and can damage the prosthetic. Dentures must also be kept moist overnight, which is why they are often associated with being kept in a glass of water on a bedside table. If the denture gets too dry, it can lose it’s shape and be uncomfortable. There are several other ways to care for your dentures, which Dr. Marshall will go into you with further detail.
Benefits of Dentures
When a patient is suffering from several missing teeth, the benefits of getting dentures are huge. The biggest benefit is that the patient has the ability to chew normally again, and eat with no food restrictions. The second-largest benefit is appearance, a loss of teeth prevents the ability to smile, and improves the look of the patient’s face because missing teeth can cause the lips and cheeks to collapse inward. Speech is also improved with dentures. Speaking is aided by the tongue moving and hitting the back of the teeth, and dentures restore that ability.
The benefits of dentures are huge, and overall they return the quality of life by bolstering the recipient’s self-esteem and allowing normal eating and speaking.
The Cost of Dentures and Financing
When compared to getting a dozen or more procedures to replace missing teeth, the cost of dentures is very cost-effective. The cost can vary however, as a patient may require either full or partial dentures, and one or more. To get the best estimate, we ask that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Marshall to discuss what types of dentures will best suit your situation.
To make dental care convenient, Dr. Marshall’s office accepts cash, check and all major credit cards. We also offer financing through Care Credit and Springstone Financing, which allows you to repay the cost of treatment in monthly installments.
Feel free to contact our dental office to schedule a consultation. We are happy to answer any further questions you have regarding dentures.