If gum disease, tooth decay, or an accident has robbed you of your teeth, dentures provide you with an effective replacement option. At Juanita Creek Dentistry, Kelly Miller, DDS, MS, offers patients in Kirkland, Washington, and the greater Seattle area, several options for dentures, including full dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. To figure out what’s best for you, call the office today to request a consultation.
When it comes to replacing teeth with traditional dentures, Juanita Creek Dentistry offers two options:
As the name implies, full dentures are prosthetic devices that replace entire rows of missing teeth. The dentures are made from materials that are designed to match your teeth and gums, and they’re custom manufactured to fit snugly in your mouth. These devices are removable, and they’re typically anchored by adhesives, suction, and/or metal frameworks that keep your new teeth in place.
If you’re missing several teeth in a row, partial dentures fill in the gap, lining up perfectly with your existing teeth. Partial dentures are removable, and they’re typically held together by a plastic and metal frame.
If you’re worried about stability issues with removable dentures, you may be a candidate for implant-supported dentures, which are fixed dentures that attach to several dental implants for superior stability. To be a candidate for these types of dentures, you need to have strong enough bone in your jaw to support the implants.
If you do have enough bone, Dr. Kelly may even be able to supply you with immediately loaded dentures, which means that she attaches the prosthetic teeth at the same as she places the implants, saving you considerable time. Under normal circumstances, it takes several months for your implants to fuse into place, but with immediately loaded dentures, Dr. Kelly can outfit you with dentures in one procedure.
The answer to this depends upon the type of dentures you choose. If you opt for removable dentures, you need to take them out and clean them every night with special cleansers. In addition, you need to care for your gums to ensure that they remain healthy enough to support your dentures.
If you choose implant-supported dentures, you care for your new teeth the same way you did your natural teeth, with daily brushing and rinsing.
To explore your options in dentures further, call Juanita Creek Dentistry to book a consultation.