Are you embarrassed to smile because of your missing teeth? Maybe you’ve put off looking into replacing them because you suffer from dental anxiety. Or perhaps you’re afraid you can’t afford dental treatments. Whether you are missing one tooth or many teeth, you may be a good candidate for dentures.
At Edgewood Dental Care of Edgewood, KY, we have several denture types available to fit a wide range of needs and budgets. At our patient-centered practice, we offer a number of amenities to ease dental anxiety and make your visits comfortable — from TVs in each room to music to three levels of sedation.
Call us at (859) 474-7830 to schedule a consultation. Once you are facing the world with beautiful new teeth, you will be glad you did!
Dentures Have a Proven Track Record
Did you know that dentures have been around for thousands of years? Various civilizations have been constructing them out of wood, animal and human teeth, ivory, and metal since as early as the 7th century BC. Some of these dentures may have been luxurious — crafted out of gold, porcelain, and other costly materials — but you should probably be glad you are living in the era of modern dentures. Today’s dentures are designed to be comfortable to wear, durable, and natural looking.
Dentures have come a long way not only from early history, but even from your parents’ and grandparents’ time. They have never felt, looked, or functioned better — that is, more like natural teeth. Call (859) 474-7830 to discuss your options.
Traditional (Full) Dentures
In order to be fitted for a set of full removable dentures, any remaining teeth must be removed from your mouth. (Which we can do virtually painlessly with our WAND anesthesia system and/or sedation.) After your gums have healed in a few weeks, digital X-rays and impressions of your mouth will be made. Your dentures will be custom constructed at a lab. Back at our office, we will adjust the dentures so they are comfortable in your mouth. You may return to Edgewood Dental Care for re-adjustments as needed.
Partial Removable Dentures
Partial dentures are a good option if you are missing a few teeth. Lifelike replacement teeth are set into a gum-colored base. They denture stays in your mouth with a metal frame that attaches to your teeth. The process for getting your partial removable dentures is much like the process for traditional full dentures.
Partial dentures may also be attached to your teeth with bridges. This makes them more stable, but they are not removable by you.
You’ve heard about the wonders of dental implants, but, alas, you lack the bone density for implant-retained dentures. Hybrid dentures are an excellent compromise, offering you the stability and benefits of implant-retained dentures. Hybrid, or fixed-detachable, dentures are secured in the mouth by a few dental implants. But they are removable by the dentist.
If you are missing teeth in your lower jaw, implant-retained dentures are the most secure denture solution available. First, dental implants are placed into the jaw. The dentures, which will not be removable, are secured to the dental implants with either a ball- or bar-type attachment. You will be able to eat normally and clean your teeth normally. You won’t have to worry about your dentures sliding around, slipping out (embarrassing!) and won’t have to deal with messy denture adhesives.
Removable Dentures with Dental Implants
Removable implant-retained dentures are another hybrid option. Two to four dental implants are placed in the jaw. These are used to support a fully removable top or bottom denture. Your denture is secure and less prone to slipping and falling out thanks to the dental implants. But you remove it for care and cleaning, just like with a traditional denture.
It’s time to replace those missing teeth. Dentures will not only enable you to chew better, speak more clearly, and smile with confidence. They provide support for your facial structure, preventing the area around the missing teeth from collapsing and getting that telltale sunken look.
At Edgewood Dental Care, we will examine your mouth, discuss all of your concerns, and come up with a plan to restore your smile beautifully. Whether you want to replace a few teeth with a partial removable denture, seek the stability offered by implant-retained dentures, or like one of our hybrid options, we promise your dentures will fit right, be comfortable, and look amazing. Call our Edgewood, KY office at (859) 474-7830 to get the process started.