Tooth loss is not uncommon. Countless people across the country suffer from tooth loss, whether it’s from injury, disease, or infection. If you have missing teeth and want to restore your smile, dentures may be just the solution for you. Garden Springs Dental offers custom denture solutions in Lexington, KY.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are designed to replace your missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures feel, look, and function much like natural teeth, and they can even improve your smile. There are two types of dentures from which you can choose: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are applied when all of your teeth are either missing or have been removed. The two types of complete dentures are conventional and immediate, both of which have their own set of unique benefits and quirks. Conventional dentures can be placed in your mouth anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks after your gums heal from the tooth removal procedure. Contrarily, immediate dentures are a temporary solution so the wearer can still have teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures are made ahead of time and situated in your mouth right after the tooth removal process is complete. However, because the gums slightly shrink when they're healing, immediate dentures will require fittings to make sure they remain snug and in place.
If you still have one or several natural teeth left, you can use partial dentures or bridges. A partial denture is made of replacement teeth and a synthetic base that matches your gums.
You can have a removable or fixed partial denture. With a removable denture, the base is bracketed by a metal framework, and this framework is what keeps the denture secure in your mouth. However, as the name indicates, this type of denture can be removed at will. People usually remove their partials before they go to sleep, or to clean them and give their mouth a rest.
Unlike a removable denture, a fixed denture is sealed into place. This sealant acts as cement of sorts, and it fills in the gaps between your teeth. Not only does the sealed denture help complete your smile, it also prevents your remaining teeth from shifting around in your mouth with reckless abandon.
If you’re ready to restore your smile with custom dentures, please call us at (859) 277-1189 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Davis. During your consultation, your Lexington dentist will determine which option is best for your lifestyle and smile goals.