Teeth can be lost to gum disease, decay, or injury. Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and benefit your appearance and your health. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Traditional dentures are an economical way to replace missing teeth. They are made of a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (roof of your mouth), and the lower denture is horseshoe shaped to accommodate the tongue. Traditional dentures generally require several appointments for molds, extractions, fittings, and adjustments but cost less than premium dentures.
Premium dentures are made from high-quality materials that fit well to the shape and size of the wearer’s mouth and can also be adjusted to reflect the natural color of the oral cavity. They are customized according to both the mouth and other defining elements of the face--cheekbones, jawline, etc. Premium dentures are impact-resistant and stain-resistant. The material they're made from is strong and designed to mimic the gradual wear of natural tooth enamel, for less wear and longer tooth life.
If you're considering dentures, call Southern Dental Center at 912-352-1032 for a consultation. We're here to help!
Ball Attachment Dentures
The simplest option for implant-retained dentures when all of the lower teeth are missing is the ball attachment denture. This system is the placement of two dental implants in your lower jaw that allows you to snap the denture into place. This option is considerably more comfortable than loose dentures and provides a lot of stability. The stability and functionality of the ball attachment denture give patients approximately 60% of what they had with their natural teeth, as opposed to 10% of the functionality of loose dentures.Read more about Ball Attachment Dentures
Immediate vs. Complete Dentures
Conventional dentures are made for a patient’s mouth cavity once the teeth have been removed. A dentist first removes the patient’s teeth and then lets the patient’s gums heal after the operation. Once the gums have healed, the dentist will cast a mold over the patient’s oral cavity. This molding helps shape the dentures. After the molding is set, the dentures are created to the mold and then fit into the patient’s mouth. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth immediately following the extraction of your teeth, during the same visit as your teeth removal, so they serve as a bandage to control bleeding and protect gum tissue. Because more time is spent preparing them, immediate dentures cost more than conventional dentures.Read more about Immediate vs. Complete Dentures
Implant Retained Dentures
When you have lost your natural teeth, a variety of complications can arise that impact your physical and emotional health. You may find it difficult to speak clearly or chew your favorite foods. You may be embarrassed and try to hide your smile from others. You may also experience shifting among your remaining teeth, causing additional discomfort in your mouth and jaw.
Implant retained dentures offer a solution that provides comfort and relief. They can replace both upper and lower teeth, giving you a secure, natural-looking option that is not only more comfortable but also more convenient than traditional dentures.Read more about Implant Retained Dentures
Implant-Supported Partial Dentures
If you’re missing only a few natural teeth, an implant-supported partial denture provides retention that is superior to that of traditional dentures, allowing you to bite, chew and talk properly – without the visible clasps. The partial denture can be fixed or removable. Both are good options, and the best option for you may depend on your personal needs and what your dentist recommends. For both types, the partial denture is held in place by titanium implants, which are secured into the jawbone for a sturdy hold.Read more about Implant-Supported Partial Dentures
Same Day Denture Relines
Dentures are made to fit properly and comfortably so that they function just as normal teeth do. Over time, changes in the jawbone or gum tissue can alter the fit of the denture. Ill-fitting dentures tend to move, causing discomfort and irritation. We want our patients to feel comfortable in their dentures, so occasionally this means relining them for a better fit. Our in-house denture lab allows us to reline dentures on the same day you call for an adjustment.Read more about Same Day Denture Relines