Dentures are a great option for teeth replacement, especially when supported by dental implants. Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro can place implants to provide the most secure foundation for your dentures, which will allow you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and enjoy a natural-looking smile. Regardless of which option you choose, Dr. Ribeiro will skillfully design your dentures with high-quality materials for the best appearance and function.
Causes of Tooth Loss
While traumatic injuries can cause tooth loss at a young age, most tooth loss is the result of neglected oral hygiene. When tooth decay and gum disease go untreated, they progress until the tooth or the jawbone have deteriorated so much that the tooth is lost. Unfortunately, decay and gum disease can spread, leading to the loss of multiple teeth.
Tooth Replacement Options
If you are missing a large number of teeth, you probably need dentures. These restorations consist of prosthetic teeth on an acrylic base that fits over your gum ridges to restore your ability to chew and speak properly. There are a number of different denture options available.
Traditional dentures are removable. They are available as partials or full dentures. Partials can replace several consecutive or nonconsecutive teeth in your smile, while full dentures can replace an entire row of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Partials are held in place with metal clasps attached to nearby teeth, while full dentures rely on natural suction and adhesive.
For a more permanent solution, Dr. Ribeiro may recommend implant-supported dentures. With this option, the implants are embedded into the jawbone, and the dentures attach to those implants. This creates a stable and permanent foundation for the dentures, and also helps maintain bone mass in the jaw. Implant-supported dentures are typically not removable, which makes them easier to care for than traditional dentures.
Procedure for Traditional or Implant-Supported Dentures
If you choose traditional dentures, Dr. Ribeiro will take x-rays and impressions of your gums and any remaining teeth. At this time, he discuss material options with you. He may provide you with temporary dentures so you have greater dental function while you wait for your permanent dentures. Once your dentures are ready, Dr. Ribeiro will make sure they fit properly and feel comfortable.
If you opt for implant-supported dentures, the process takes longer. First, you must undergo dental implant surgery. After the implants are in place, it can take between four and six months to heal. Dr. Ribeiro may provide you with temporary dentures during this time. Once you are healed, he will take impressions of your gums and dental implants. A dental lab uses these impressions to create your permanent dentures. When they are ready, Dr. Ribeiro will attach the dentures to your implants.
Caring for Your Dentures
To ensure your dentures last, you must care for them. if you have traditional dentures, this means brushing the dentures and your gums. You will also need to soak the dentures in a special solution each night. With implant-supported dentures, you can brush and floss as you normally would.