What Are Dentures?

When you’ve suffered from several missing teeth for an extended period of time, you understand how important it is to replace those missing teeth. Allowing teeth to go unreplaced weakens your jawbone, leads to receding gums, changes your diet and can even cause your cheeks and jaw to sag. Luckily, dentures in South Bend can fix those problems. Dentures are removable replacement teeth that help you retain jawbone strength and restore your confident smile. Our dentists are here to help you find a solution to your tooth loss, so call us today to talk about affordable quality dentures.

What Different Kinds of Dentures Are Available?

Denture options are abundant, but first your dentist will discuss whether you need a full denture or a partial denture. Partials work best for those who have just a few missing teeth. Full, or complete, dentures replace all teeth on your lower or upper jaw. If you have a few teeth remaining on that jaw, they’ll be extracted to make room for the full denture.

Once the type of denture is selected, you’ll work with your dentist to choose how the denture will attach to your gums and what denture material will work best for you. Implant-supported dentures offer the strongest attachment by snapping onto dental posts that are surgically implanted into your gums. Traditional full dentures use denture adhesive for a secure fit and rest directly on your gums.

Flexible partial dentures are also available, but most partials tend to use clasps that wrap around adjacent teeth. You’ll choose between metal, rigid plastic, flexible plastic and a variety of other materials. These materials form the framework of the partial and affect their durability, cost and comfort. Often, individuals with dentures prefer flexible plastic frameworks since the pliable material easily moves with your mouth. This malleable plastic also makes the denture a good choice for covering receding gum lines.

Are All-on-Four Dentures a Good Choice?

Yes, All-on-Four dentures can be a good solution for people who desire stronger biting power and enhanced protection for their jaw. As its name suggests, this style anchors to four dental implants, creating a strong, secure attachment. This is an especially good option for a lower full denture since lower dentures tend to shift easily.

How Do You Get Dentures?

This process can take several weeks to a few months, but it all starts with a consultation at our office. We’ll review your oral health, and draw up a plan for your denture process. You may need to have some teeth extracted or your jaw augmented to be able to support a new denture. We’ll wait for those preparations to heal before we take an impression of your mouth. That impression helps us make samples for you to try in your mouth. Once you find a sample that fits comfortably and works with your bite, we’ll make your permanent denture.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

Many factors affect the cost of your dentures, but affordable quality dentures are very available. As such, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a cost-effective option. We’ll work closely with you to compare the costs of denture materials and attachment types so you can be assured of an effective solution for your needs.

What’s Involved in a Soft Denture Reline?

With a soft reline, a liquid polymer is injected into your denture to give it cushion and depth. This is especially helpful if your denture uncomfortably rubs against your gums or begins slipping. The procedure is quick and can be done at our office. The procedure helps you avoid having to get a new denture every time your device starts to fit differently or cause you pain.

Our dentists would be more than happy to help you find the denture solution that best restores your health and smile. Give us a call today because it’s never too early to start replacing your teeth.

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