If you have lost most or all of your natural teeth, whether that be from periodontal disease, tooth decay, trauma, or some other reason, we can complete your smile again with dentures. These prosthetic teeth can help you regain the ability to eat, talk, and smile once more with full confidence. Without support from a denture, your facial muscles start to droop, making you appear older than you really are. Dentures keep you looking young and vibrant. If you’re ready to reap the benefits of a complete smile, call your Gainesville dentist, Dr. Gabriel Nossa, today.
A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth anchored to an acrylic base that is designed to perfectly mimic your gum tissue. A full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth, while a partial denture fits into your remaining smile like the missing piece of a puzzle. Dentures can be held in place via natural suction against the gums, dentures adhesive, or metal clasps. By properly caring for your dentures, you can expect your new teeth to last five to seven years before they need to be relined or replaced. If your denture is retained by dental implants, it can last even longer.
Full dentures are ideal for patients who are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches. There are a few different types of full dentures. For example, a conventional denture is placed after all the teeth have been lost or extracted and the gum tissue is given a chance to heal. Immediate or same-day dentures, on the other hand, can be placed on the same day that the teeth are removed. You’ll have to wear temporaries during the healing process, but you’ll never have to go a day without your teeth.
Even if you wear full dentures, you must still take care of your mouth. Gently brush your tongue, gums, and palate every morning and night to remove plaque that could cause infections.
If you still have some healthy teeth remaining, we might recommend a partial denture. Also called partials, partial dentures can be either fixed (only able to be removed by Dr. Nossa) or removable for easy cleaning and to give your mouth a break while you sleep. Whatever option you choose, Dr. Nossa and the rest of our team will be sure to craft the perfect set of teeth to restore your smile.
We strongly recommend that patients who are eligible for dental implants receive implant-retained dentures. Dental implants are screw-shaped titanium tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone to recreate the structure of your lost teeth. After a period of three to six months, your jawbone will grow around the implant posts until the two are essentially the same structure. Dentures anchored to implants are much sturdier and longer lasting than conventional dentures because of the connection to the jawbone.
We won’t need to place an implant for every missing tooth. Instead, we can place four to six implants at strategic points throughout each arch, and a full or partial denture is attached to it. Implant-retained dentures can be either fixed or removable. In either case, they eliminate the need for messy denture adhesive, and they can last for decades to come.
Dentures in Gainesville and partials provide a way to replace a few to a full set of teeth. While they are excellent for reinvigorating your oral health and restoring your functionality, it never hurts to have more details before committing to either method of tooth replacement. We’ve compiled a list of five frequently asked questions, along with the answers, to provide you with some better insight. Then, when you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, feel free to contact us!
Generally, you can look to gain up to 30% of your natural chewing strength with partial or full dentures. For maximum effectiveness, we always recommend taking smaller bites and avoiding the harder items like certain nuts and seeds. Still, with your new prosthetics, you can look forward to maintaining a normal diet.
We highly recommend that you remove, clean and soak your prosthetics before retiring for bed. In addition to helping to keep bacteria accumulation at bay, which is vital to preserving your oral health, it will give your gums a rest. Ultimately, removing your prosthetics and taking proper care of them will lead to a longer lasting tooth replacement.
Whether you receive dentures or partials, the procedure is highly customized to meet your specific needs. Thus, in order to get an accurate estimate, we’ll need to perform a thorough assessment to determine what all will be involved in your treatment process. You can rest assured, though, that we’ll provide you with a fair and competitive price.
As a result of the constant innovations in dentistry, the materials, design tools and manufacturing processes for dentures and partials have made continuous improvements. The porcelain prosthetics and pink resin base will closely mimic the natural appearance of your teeth to leave you with a confident and attractive smile.
Because having working teeth is a necessity for maintaining a reasonable quality of life, you can typically count on dental insurance to cover a portion of the procedure. Still, all dental insurance plans differ, so to find out the amount of coverage available, you’ll need to consult the details of your policy. When you visit our office, one of our staff members will gladly assist by filing your claim and diligently working to maximize your benefits.