Losing one or more teeth might feel like a traumatic experience at first, but one option is dentures to replace your smile. It’s important to replace your missing teeth to preserve your oral health and your beautiful smile. One of the ways you can replace your missing teeth – one of the oldest tooth technologies around is with dentures are much different than those in the past. With today’s modern technology, they look more natural and fit better than ever.
Discover if dentures are the right tooth replacement option for you. If you already have them but they no longer fit, look unattractive or feel uncomfortable, please call (702) 873-0324 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment with our Summerlin dentist, Dr. James B. Polley.
The Transformation of Modern Dentures
Dentures have a reputation for being uncomfortable, slipping when talking, looking unattractive and causing problems with chewing. Although these are valid complaints, with today’s modern denture technology, Dr. Polley is able to give patients that look natural, feel comfortable to wear, stay in place, and feel secure when chewing or speaking.
If your current one’s slip when you talk or look bulky, they might not fit right. Over time, it’s normal for the bone on your gums to disappear since it’s no longer holding teeth in place. It’s also normal for the natural gum ridges to wear down. When these events occur, it’s likely your dentures will no longer fit right. Dr. Polley is an experienced restorative dentist who can replace improperly fitting dentures with ones that fit better, feel more comfortable and look more aesthetic.
To make your implants feel even more secure, we offer the option to have them retained with dental implants. Dental implants not only help your dentures feel more secure, but they improve their function as well as your own appearance. Dental implants are similar to your natural teeth because they are anchored to your jawbone. The dentures are then secured to the dental implants so there’s no slipping or sliding. With the security of dental implants, you can eat, chew and talk without worrying they will fall out.
The dental implants also help you retain bone mass in your jaw. When you lose your teeth and don’t replace them with dental implants, the bone density in your jaw will soon diminish causing your face to droop, wrinkles become more prevalent and even cause loose neck skin. When you opt for dental implant-supported dentures, you can prevent bone resorption and maintain your youthful appearance. Implants stimulate bone retention in your jaw.
When a patient doesn’t have enough bone in their jaw to hold the dental implants in place, a bone graft can add bone density back into the jaw. Patients can also opt to use mini implants as an option.
Partial vs Full
You might wonder what the difference between full and partial dentures is? A partial only replaces a small portion of teeth to complete a smile while full dentures replace a full row of your upper or lower teeth. Partial’s stay in place with help from brackets or clips. They are also removable for cleaning. Adhesives, dental implants, or mini dental implants secure full dentures in place. Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Polley will recommend the best option for your smile during a consultation.