Getting older does not necessarily mean that you must begin missing teeth. At Toomin & Bieber we do everything we can to help our patients retain their natural teeth. When this becomes impossible, though, we have ways to help replace those teeth to help you avoid embarrassment and difficulty with eating or talking. One of the easiest alternatives that we offer is dentures. At our office, we have the ability to provide our patients with either full dentures (replacing all teeth) or partial dentures (replacing just a few teeth). The dentures that we offer today are not the appliances you remember your grandparents wearing and keeping in a jar – today, they are easy to wear and not nearly as obvious as their predecessors.
Reasons for Dentures
There are many reasons that our patients must turn to dentures to replace their missing teeth. No two patients will be alike, but a few of the common reasons that we see patients that need tooth replacement include:
These are just a few of the reasons we see patients for dentures. The common denominator is that dentures provide our patients with a full set of teeth that can actively chew; allow them to smile; and make talking much easier than it was before with missing teeth.
The need for dentures does not mean that you must replace an entire arch of teeth. At Toomin & Bieber we have the ability to provide patients that are missing a few teeth in a row with partial dentures. This tooth replacement option differs from other options, such as bridges or implants because they are removable. The partial dentures are placed with clasps that are easily maneuvered by the patient. These clasps are not visible to anyone else, but allow you to remove the dentures in order to properly clean them as well as clean the area where they rest in your mouth.
Partial dentures are custom fit to your mouth and to have the same appearance as your existing teeth. This means that they will be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing; no one will know that you have partial dentures in your mouth as we take molds and x-rays of your mouth to ensure a proper fit and a pleasing look for your tooth replacement option.
Sometimes patients need to replace an entire arch of their teeth, whether one or both arches. The loss of all of your teeth does not mean that you will never enjoy your favorite foods again or will want to remain isolated in your home. At Toomin & Bieber, we provide our patients with full dentures that are easy to wear and take care of – there is nothing to be embarrassed about! The full dentures are placed on a pink base, which will look similar to the color of your own gums. The dentures are technologically advanced, so you do not have to worry about the same discomfort and embarrassment that our predecessors had to deal with, including slipping or annoying clicking sounds when you talk.
We have several options when it comes to full dentures – we can provide removable dentures or implant supported dentures. Removable dentures, as the name suggests, means that you can take them out and clean them as needed or remove them for a little break from the alternative teeth. Implant supported dentures, on the other hand, are permanent as they are supported by implants that are surgically placed in your jawbone. The implants are titanium screws that after six months fuse to your jawbone, making them a natural part of your mouth. This means that your dentures will then have “roots” that make them more stable and a permanent part of your mouth.
At Toomin & Bieber, we understand the importance of being fully educated on your options for tooth replacement. Deciding to have dentures to replace your missing teeth is not a decision to take lightly. We work with our patients very closely to ensure that they understand all of their options and how they will impact their future oral and physical health.
If you have questions about dentures and what your options are, we encourage you to call our office today to schedule a consultation!