Chapel Hill dentists Dr. James Furgurson and Dr. Nathan White offer options for replacing missing teeth using dentures, partials, and implant dentures. Dr. Furgurson is one of the few general dentists in the Triangle to offer comprehensive, experienced care for dental implants in our Chapel Hill dentist office.
A Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Furgurson offers “All on Four”, a procedure that provides the immediate replacement of missing teeth using as few as four dental implants.
The dentures that we offer in our Chapel Hill dental office are highly aesthetic, often called cosmetic dentures. They look and feel just like natural teeth and are designed to fit securely and comfortably in your mouth.
Types of Dentures
There are several types of dentures that Chapel Hill dentist Dr. Furgurson offers. He will assess your condition, determine your goals and help you choose the type of denture that is right for you and your budget.
- A partial Denture is like a dental bridge and replaces several missing teeth.
- Full Dentures replace all of a person’s upper or lower teeth.
- Implant Dentures are permanently attached to the jaw using dental implants.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant dentures have a 95% or better success rate and an equally high level of patient satisfaction. While this procedure does require a greater initial investment compared to alternatives like removable dentures or bridges, implant dentures offer the best long-term benefits.
- Significant improvement in retention and stability
- Restores normal chewing function, meaning no restrictions on diet
- Improves long term bone health
- Allows patient to speak and smile naturally and comfortably
- No glues, adhesives, soaks, or rinses
Your dentist will meet with you to evaluate the condition of your oral health and discuss your concerns and goals. We will make recommendations for tooth replacement that are best suited to your needs with the goal of giving you back a healthy, functional, and lasting smile. The comfort and stability of your restoration play a key role in the quality of your daily life and we want to ensure that your end result meets your needs and your expectations.
Featured Case Study
Restoration Using Fixed Partial Denture
This patient presented in our Chapel Hill dentist office with significant problems, stemming from a failed endodontics treatment and severe bone loss. In this situation, a dental implant was not recommended because of the extent of the defect. Instead, Dr. Furgurson designed an all-ceramic fixed partial denture with pink porcelain to mimic the gingival tissue. Additional gum contouring was performed to create a very natural-looking smile.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are missing teeth and need help deciding on how to replace them, schedule an appointment with one of our Chapel Hill dentists to learn more. You can reach our office at 919.736.6175 or request an appointment online. Replacing missing or damaged teeth with the right dental restoration is an important decision. During your consultation, our helpful staff will discuss the pros and cons of both traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures.
What is the difference between a partial and full denture?
Both a partial and full denture is used to replace missing teeth located on the top or bottom row. A partial denture is used to replace one or two teeth per row. A full denture is used to replace all or most of the teeth on a row.
How long does it take to get used to dentures?
Placing a foreign object in your mouth will take some getting used to. You will have to learn how to speak, eat and smile again while wearing them. On average, it takes patients about 30 days to adjust to their new replacement teeth.
Can I sleep in my dentures?
Most dentists will agree that taking a mid-day nap while wearing your dentures is okay. However, they should be removed nightly and not left in while you sleep through the night. It is important to give your gums a rest every day. This is also the most logical time to clean your dentures and soak them. When you wake up the next morning, all you have to do is rinse them and put them in.
Why are my gums sore after wearing my dentures?
If your gums are sore then it may be time for your dentures to be refitted. After several years of use, this is totally normal. Your gums may also become swollen or even bleed a little as well. Please schedule an appointment with your dentist to have them repaired.