It’s strange how something that’s not there can get in the way. When you are missing your teeth, whether just several in a row or a whole arch, the lack of teeth can actually get in the way of talking, eating, and looking like you should. Can you imagine trying to bite into an apple or chew a steak without teeth? Have you seen pictures of people smiling without teeth? If you’re in need of some replacement teeth, our dentures can help you eat, talk, and look great again.
Q: What Do Dentures Do Anyway?
Q: What’s The Difference Between Full And Partial Dentures?
Q: If I Get Dentures, Will They Fall Out While I’m Eating?
Q: What’s the Difference Between Implant-Retained and Implant-Supported Dentures?
Some people lose a single tooth, which means they need a single replacement like a dental bridge or implant. But if you’ve lost a lot of teeth or even all of the them on the top or bottom, you will likely need dentures. These are a set of lifelike replacement teeth in a gum-colored mold shaped like your real gums. They fit over your gums to allow you to eat, talk, and look like anyone with a full set of teeth.
When people think of dentures, they usually think of full dentures: replacement teeth set in a gum-colored mold that replace all the teeth on the top of bottom of your mouth. But if you still have a good number of your natural teeth, partial dentures could work for you. As with full dentures, these are replacement teeth in a gum-colored mold. But they are designed to replace only a few teeth missing in a row. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps connected to your healthy teeth.
Full dentures are held in place two ways: The shape of the mold creates suction on your gums, and a special nontoxic adhesive helps keep it attached to those gums. Despite both methods, full dentures can sometimes move around in your mouth or even come out when you’re not expecting that. To help keep your dentures where they belong, our Tulsa, OK dental office offers dentures held in place by implants.
The main difference between these two is how they are connected to dental implants. Implant-retained uses a series of ball-and-socket connectors, whereas implant-supported uses a curved metal bar. Both give you that added security of knowing your dentures will stay where they belong, and Dr. Cornell will explain which version would be best for your mouth.
You have several options with today’s dentures, but they still provide the replacement teeth you need to regain your healthy, functional smile. Call us or email us today to schedule your next appointment.