Do you dread the day when your dentist may have to tell you that it’s time to consider getting dentures? There are many stereotypes that often go along with having “false teeth” and many people worry that they won’t be able to eat their favorite foods or that dentures will be uncomfortable and slip around or embarrassingly fall out while talking and eating.
The good news about today’s dentures is that Dr. Thomas makes use of many ways to replace teeth. He can replace all the teeth or just a few, and because of new technologies and materials, you don’t have to sacrifice a beautiful and natural look.
Today’s Options for Dentures
Full dentures replace missing teeth and restore your smile, providing support for your facial muscles as well as making it easier to eat, speak and smile. Made well, they fit securely and comfortably without the use of denture adhesives.
If you are missing some but not all of your teeth, a partial denture can be used to replace the natural missing teeth. Dr. Thomas uses newer resins with removable partial dentures, which eliminates the need for a metal framework and thus makes the appliance more esthetic.
Dr. Thomas also offers Geneva or custom premium dentures. He can help you decide which will best fit your needs and expectations and the end result will be a complete set of cosmetic dentures that will look almost identical to natural teeth.
Securing Dentures with Implants
Dentures can even be used in combination with dental implants. This not only makes them more secure, but it also helps keep your jaw bone healthy, strong and less susceptible to facial collapse. When all of your teeth are missing, your body assumes that it no longer needs bone minerals in the jaw, thus starting a process of resorbing the minerals to use elsewhere in the body. This is called facial collapse and if it continues over many years, the jawbone eventually shrinks or shrivels up, making it nearly impossible to keep dentures in place. Read more about implants on our dental implants page.
If dentures are in your future and you would like to know more about what options might work best, call our office or request an appointment online.