If you’re one of the more than 36 million Americans who is missing most or all of your teeth, dentures can restore your smile and improve your oral health. At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, general and cosmetic dentist Jas Bhattal, DDS, and the team offer several types of dentures, including partial, complete, and implant-supported dentures. To schedule an appointment at the Drayton, South Carolina, practice, book online or call the office today.
Dentures are oral prosthetics that replace some or all of your permanent teeth. They’re made from various materials, including plastic and acrylic, and rest comfortably on top of your gums.
Dentures make it easier to bite, speak, and chew. In addition, they lower your risk of oral health problems like gum disease and bone loss.
The team at Hillcrest Family Dentistry offers several types of dentures, including:
If you still have healthy, permanent teeth, consider partial dentures. Partial dentures feature a flexible plastic or metal wireframe supporting several artificial teeth. They snap snugly into place around your existing teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods. At night, you soak your partial dentures in a special cleaning solution.
You might benefit from complete dentures if you’re missing all of your teeth. Complete dentures have a metal bottom, pink gums made from acrylic or nylon, and an entire row of artificial teeth. To prevent your dentures from sliding, you apply a denture glue or adhesive to the bottom.
If you want dentures that mimic the strength and durability of your natural teeth, consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures attach to small titanium posts that fuse with your jaw. With good oral hygiene and routine oral exams, implant-supported dentures can last a lifetime.
At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, getting dentures typically takes a series of appointments.
If the team determines that you’re a good candidate for dentures, they take scans of your mouth with the on-site computed tomography scanner.
The team uses these scans to develop a denture design that aligns with your needs. After finalizing your treatment plan, they send your scans to a laboratory that manufactures your custom dentures.
A week or two later, you return to Hillcrest Family Dentistry and try them on. The team makes adjustments as necessary, ensuring they fit properly.
If you elect to get implant-supported dentures, the team places a number of posts in your jaw during an outpatient procedure.
Following placement, your mouth heals for a period of months, allowing the implants to integrate with your jaw. Later, you return to the office and the team takes scans of your mouth. They then send them to a lab that creates your dentures.
A few weeks later, you return to Hillcrest Family Dentistry. The team bonds your dentures to the implants, restoring your smile.
To restore your smile with dentures, contact Hillcrest Family Dentistry. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.