Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offer many treatment options for the replacement of one or more missing teeth to their patients from Durham, NC. These options include full dentures, partial dentures and implant dentures. Traditional full and partial dentures are an affordable and effective solution for missing teeth that can restore beauty and function to the smile. Thanks to advances in dental technology, they are durable appliances that look natural and can last many years with proper care and maintenance. However, due to being better for your oral health and offering a better quality of life, Dr. James Furgurson and Dr. Nathan White will recommend denture implants to patients that qualify.
Types of Dentures
Full dentures are recommended to patients who have a full row of missing teeth. The base is made of pink acrylic to mimic the color of gingival tissue and fit comfortably over the gums. The false teeth are attached to the base. It is not uncommon for them to need adjusted for the first few months of wearing them. After natural teeth are lost or extracted, your bone and gums may somewhat shrink causing your dentures to not fit correctly. Because we anticipate this, we will monitor you closely for the first six month you wear them.
Partial dentures are used when a patient is missing one or more teeth and still has healthy, viable teeth remaining. Used to fill in gaps in your smile, a partial is a removable appliance that uses metal clasps that will attach to your remaining teeth. This will hold it snuggly in place. Partial dentures are alternatives to fixed bridges.
For a more permanent solution to missing teeth, Dr. Furgurson recommends denture implants over traditional dentures. For many patients, traditional removable dentures are uncomfortable and hard to get used to. They also come with diet restrictions which eliminates many healthy foods. Additional downfalls to wearing dentures include slipping around in the mouth which leads to slurred speech and difficulty eating and they do not replace a tooth at the root. With denture implants, up to eight dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone and a custom denture will be attached to them. They are secure and eliminate the worry of the denture slipping around in the mouth making it easier to eat and speak.
Benefits of Denture Implants
Dr. Furgurson and Dr. White Denture recommend denture implants to patients from Durham, NC that qualifies for them because of the many benefits they offer. They have a high success rate are the closest thing to natural teeth. They are also better for your oral health because the implant acts as a replacement tooth root which stimulates the jaw bone. When the jaw bone is stimulated, you lower the of risk bone deterioration.
To learn more about which type of denture is right for you, contact our office for a consultation. Call us at 919.736.6175 or schedule an appointment online.