Not sure which type of dentures are right for you? Drs. Scott Sutton and Shawn Monahan of Waterfront Dentistry can help. The dentists have fitted countless Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ residents with dentures over the years. They share some information that will help you make your decision.
You're probably most familiar with full dentures. These dentures consist of a row of false teeth attached to a pink base. Full dentures replace your bottom and top teeth and are held in place against your gums with denture adhesive. When you receive full dentures, you'll visit your dentist several time to ensure that your dentures fit well and allow you to speak and eat easily.
As the name implies, you receive immediate full or partial dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted. Before your teeth are pulled, your Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale dentist will make impressions of them, which will be used to create your immediate dentures. Since changes in your gums and jaw can occur after tooth extraction, your dentures may need to be adjusted or relined a few months after you receive them. Some people prefer immediate dentures because no one ever sees them toothless, and they can immediately begin to adjust to speaking and eating with dentures.
Partial dentures replace several missing teeth. These dentures are removable and feature hooks that attach to teeth on either side of the gap.
Overdentures are a good choice if you have broken teeth with healthy roots. Preserving teeth roots is important because the roots help keep your jaw strong. Tooth roots also provide a more stable foundation for your dentures.
Although dental implants are frequently used to replace one or two missing teeth, they're also a good choice for dentures. Removable implant-supported dentures are securely attached to two or more dental implants. Before you receive your dentures, your dentist adds tiny titanium implants to your jawbone. Over the next three to six months, the implants fuse to surrounding bone, providing a stable base for the dentures that will be attached to them.
Ready to transform your smile with dentures? Call your Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ dentists, Drs. Scott Sutton and Shawn Monahan of Waterfront Dentistry today.