Living with missing teeth can take a toll on your self-esteem and the functionality of your smile. Luckily, you can replace your missing teeth and restore function to your mouth to eat, speak, and smile normally with dentures. Knowing your options when it comes to replacing your teeth can help you fill in the gaps in your smile. Find out more about dentures and what they can do for you with Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ.
What kinds of dentures are available?
When you think of dentures, you may envision a full set of teeth sitting in a cup. However, wearing dentures does not necessarily mean you do not have any teeth in your mouth at all. Though a full denture, which replaces all the teeth on an arch, is available, your dentist offers other teeth replacement options as well.
Partial dentures replace most of your teeth, using your healthy natural teeth which remain as an anchor. The natural teeth fit through the denture and become an active part of your smile, receiving the stimulation they need to avoid issues like bone atrophy and shifting teeth.
Immediate dentures benefit patients who require extraction of their remaining healthy teeth. These dentures can be worn immediately after an extraction procedure and act as a kind of band-aid during the healing process.
Implant-supported dentures can be a partial or full denture which is held in place by dental implants and become a permanent, non-removable part of your smile. Your dentist surgically places dental implants into the bone and uses them to hold a denture, which fits onto the implants, in place.
Dentures in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ
If you have missing teeth, you may benefit from dentures. Replacing your teeth now can avoid potentially serious side effects like bone atrophy, shifting teeth, and other issues. For more information about dentures or how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Monahan and Dr. Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ, and Metro Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ. Call (480) 949-7900 to schedule your appointment in Scottsdale, or (602) 944-7199 to schedule your appointment in Phoenix today!