Dentures are a popular choice for tooth replacement, and Family Dentistry of Short Pump is Glen Allen’s established provider.
If you’re looking for dentures, you need to consult the experts at Family Dentistry of Short Pump. We have years of experience helping patients find the best tooth replacement solution for their needs.
Dentures are a safe, comfortable, and convenient option for replacing missing teeth and improving your smile. They can also be more affordable compared to other restorative dental services. At Family Dentistry of Short Pump, our expert dentists can walk you through the denture/tooth replacement process to ensure you make the choice that’s right for you.
The advantages of dentures
Dentures are replacements for teeth lost to gum disease, decay, or injury. They are custom-made from impressions taken of your mouth, so they fit comfortably and look natural. Dentures can be taken out and put back in. Your dentist will work with you to ensure your dentures look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Types of dentures
There are a couple types of dentures to consider when replacing missing teeth. Dentures can be a complete or partial set, which is a removable option to bridges and placed around remaining healthy teeth. Your dentist will help you choose the style that best fits your lifestyle.
Traditional dentures are an economical way to replace missing teeth. After your teeth are removed and your gums have healed (usually within 8-12 weeks), dentures can be placed in your mouth. Immediate full dentures, also known as temporary dentures, are inserted immediately after teeth are removed. While they quickly replace your missing teeth, they must be periodically adjusted after being inserted. So, talk with us about this process before getting started. Premium dentures most closely resemble natural teeth.
Living with dentures may take some getting used to, but in short time, eating and speaking will feel normal again. Denture care, including daily cleaning, is simple, but we understand that it may feel strange at first.
At Family Dentistry of Short Pump, we’ve got the skill and experience to help you find the right tooth replacement solution for your lifestyle in Glen Allen. We’ve served patients across the area, and we’re here to help you too, so call us at 804-527-2982 today!
Over time, as you wear your dentures, you lose the bony structure that supports your soft tissues. Because your soft tissues make contact with your dentures, this too will start to recede with the bone. As a result, you're in a constant state of adjustment, discomfort, and difficulty with everyday functions like speaking, chewing and smiling. The solution is denture stabilization.
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.
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.
Traditional dentures can often become loose, causing chewing and speaking problems. But with lock-in dentures from your Family Dentistry of Short Pump dentist, stability problems are not a concern. With a simple procedure, we can create dentures that “lock in” using a customized combination of holding caps and snap-on components.
A partial denture is a removable, yet natural-looking dental appliance that helps restore the form and function of your jaw by replacing one or more missing teeth. When you are missing one or more teeth, the bite pressures shift in your mouth. Other teeth may begin to move to compensate for the “gap” in your bite, and you may experience shrinking of both the soft tissues and the supporting bone near your missing teeth. This can alter your physical appearance and lead to subsequent problems with your other teeth. A partial denture keeps the underlying structures of your mouth – your gums, jawbone, facial muscles, etc. – active and engaged. It helps prevent further shifting of the other teeth in your mouth while giving you the confidence of having a beautiful, complete smile.
When you have lost your natural teeth, a variety of complications can arise that impact your physical and emotional health – beyond just your smile. Dentures are an important part of restoring your smile’s appearance, but they can pose challenges for some. Implant retained dentures offer you a secure, natural-looking option that is not only more comfortable but also more convenient than traditional dentures.