Dentures: for a Great, Working Smile Again
You may not believe it, but what you're missing can get in your way. A few missing teeth can stop you from talking and eating normally. Of course, it also makes you look older and less attractive. When you are missing all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth, these problems can get worse. If you need a lot of replacement teeth, you can get back to talking, eating, and looking good again with dentures by Drs. Michael Kirchner and Kimberly Sherry of Kirchner Dental in Jeffersonville, IN.
Dentures Repair Smiles
When you lose one tooth, you need one replacement. Dental implants and bridges both work well for that. But what if you've lost many teeth or even all of them on the top or bottom of your mouth? Then you probably need dentures. These feature beautiful, natural-looking replacement teeth set in a gum-colored base. You slide them over your gums, and your smile is back right away. Dentures might have been around for a while, but that's because they work.
Dentures Can Make You Look Younger
You have access to dentures unlike anything else in the area with our cosmetic denture. This tooth replacement option can actually make you look younger by giving you a facelift! That's right, our state-of-the-art approach will change the shape of your jaw and profile to knock years off your look! Not only that, but cosmetic dentures will allow you to eat healthier and live longer.
Partial Dentures Replace Missing Teeth
If you have ever seen dentures in a movie, you probably saw full dentures. They have a full arch of replacement teeth. They are used when you are missing all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. If you have only one or two natural teeth left, it might be better to remove those so the full denture can fit. If you still have most of your natural teeth, a partial denture might be better for you. These are designed to replace several teeth missing in a row. Partial dentures use clasps on neighboring teeth to stay in your mouth.
Keep Dentures in Place
Full dentures use two methods to stay in your mouth. The shape and fit of the base holds onto your gums. You help keep it there by placing a nontoxic adhesive in the base before putting it on your gums. While this works well, it's not fool-proof. Your full denture can move around when you chew. It's rare, but it can even fall out. If you are concerned about this, you have two alternatives: implant-supported dentures and implant-retained dentures.
The Difference Between Implant-Supported and Implant-Retained Dentures
These two types of dentures are similar. Both use implanted titanium roots to stay securely in your mouth. However, there are differences.
Implant-supported dentures use a curved metal bar connected to the implanted roots. This is your most secure option. Only a dentist can remove them, so you won't have to worry that they will ever come out. You'll just clean them like normal teeth.
Implant-retained dentures use a series of ball-and-socket joints to snap onto the implants. This means they are a little less secure than the secured option (although still stable), but you can remove these for easy cleaning each night.
If you are ready to have a full mouth of working teeth again, call Drs. Michael Kirchner and Kimberly Sherry, trusted Jeffersonville, IN dentists at Kirchner Dental for your next appointment today, at (812) 913-6093.