Are you ready to have a smile that exudes confidence? Do you want restored functionality in your ability to eat and speak clearly? The team at 333 Dental Care want to help you achieve that by offering dentures and partials to restore your smile. Too often, people avoid replacing their missing teeth for fear they’ll be embarrassed by their dentures. With the advancements in dentistry, these restorative methods are far from those used in the 18th and 19th centuries! Now, you can enjoy a functional, beautiful smile without the worry of it feeling uncomfortable or falling out. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lively.
Dentures and Partials – Mangum, OK
Providing Increased Confidence in Your Smile Once Again
Why Choose 333 Dental Care for Dentures and Partials?
- Customized to your individual needs
- A natural look that withstands normal chewing force
- A dentist with more than 20 years of experience
What Are Full and Partial Dentures?
The biggest difference between a full denture and a partial denture is the number of teeth they replace. The first is used to replace a full arch of teeth (top or bottom), and the second is used to replace a few missing teeth along a row.
If you think you’re getting wood and bone dentures, you’ll be very happy to know that dental prosthetics have come a long way. Nowadays, we use all-ceramic teeth that attach to an acrylic base that is colored to look like a person’s natural gum tissue.
Depending on your individual needs, a top denture is made to cover the entire roof of your mouth while a bottom denture is crafted in the shape of a horseshoe to allow room for your tongue. They are made to sit on top of the gums and offer a pleasant appearance. Although your natural suction is what keeps them in place, some patients opt to use an additional adhesive for extra security.
Partial dentures are the go-to option for patients with only a few missing teeth. They work much like a puzzle piece, making it difficult for anyone to notice the difference between your real and artificial teeth.
Using the same gum-colored base as a full denture, partials are created with metal clasps or clips that secure to your natural teeth. This is what holds it in place. Partials can be worn on the top or bottom row of teeth.
What Are the Benefits?
It can sometimes be difficult trying to decide which method of tooth replacement you want to pursue, but there are many wonderful benefits that come with wearing dentures or partials. Some of these include:
- They’re a more affordable option
- You will have increased confidence in your ability to eat and speak
- Your overall appearance will improve, preventing facial sagging or collapse
- They look natural
- Less stress will be placed on your jawbone
- Patients with partials will be preventing other natural teeth from shifting
Tips for Day-to-Day Use
When first receiving your dentures or partial, it can take some time to get used to the newness of the fixture. The adjustment period is short, but over time, they’ll feel completely natural. Dr. Lively and his team have compiled some tips for day-to-day use with dentures that might help:
- Before going to bed, remove your dentures. This will allow your tissues to recover overnight.
- When going to bed, soak your dentures in warm water if they have a metal clap. If not, you can use a denture cleaner or half vinegar/half water solution.
- When brushing and cleaning your dentures, fill the sink with water or place a towel beneath your hands. Should you accidentally drop them, this will decrease the chances of breakage.
- Clean your dentures each day, along with your gums, tongue, inside of the cheeks, and roof of your mouth.
Unique Advantages to Pairing Dentures with Implants
Although the benefits of traditional dentures and partials are impossible to deny, there is an alternative for patients wanting a permanent solution – implant-retained dentures.
Once Dr. Lively has examined your mouth and determined you are qualified for implants, he will insert 4-6 dental implants into your jawbone, and after several months of healing at home, you’ll return to have your customized denture secured to the top of your implants.
The best part is that Dr. Lively can perform the entire procedure himself! This means you can save time and money on not having to see an outside specialist for treatment.
The benefits that come with implant-retained dentures include:
- Greater stability
- A restoration that can last decades or even a lifetime
- Low maintenance
- Full functionality in speaking, eating, and chewing
- A natural look and feel