Dentures Scottsdale, AZ
Over half of Americans ages 55 to 74 wear some kind of denture device according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Additionally, 16 percent of Americans between the ages of 35 to 44 and 29 percent of 45 to 55-year-old patients wear these tooth replacement devices. Modern specialty dentures can be created to fit any tooth deficit, whether it’s one missing tooth or several in different places. One of the benefits of getting dentures is that it only takes about a month to have your custom device ready for fitting.
The Purpose of Dentures
Dentures have several purposes for patients. The first is to restore visual appeal to the face. Most Americans believe your smile is your best asset according to an American Dental Association survey, and patients don’t want to deal with the cosmetic challenges that come with missing teeth. Another important function of dentures is to restore a dental patient’s ability to chew. For some patients, this is the only way that they can get back to eating solid foods. Dentures also help maintain the contours of the jawline when the face starts to sag, which is common when the whole bottom row of teeth are missing for an extended period.
Types of Dentures
There are two traditional types of dentures: complete (full) and partial. Complete dentures are made to cover the whole gumline while partials fill in gaps between teeth. They are made of a combination of plastic resin materials and metal frameworks, Full dentures can be immediate (placed directly after extraction) or conventional (fitted after a period of time). Partial dentures are transitional (similar to space maintainers) or metal-based (better constructed for long-term wearing). Bridges are similar to dentures since they provide a semi-permanent tooth replacement option, except they use crowns as anchors.
Modern Denture Options
You may be interested in a more permanent way to replace a missing tooth. If so, ask your dentist about an implant-supported denture. Dental implants, titanium posts secured inside of the gumline, can be used with both partial and complete denture devices. Between two and six implants are installed—they hold the denture to the jaw so there’s no risk of slippage.
Learn More About Dentures
The dental team at Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ, specializes in creating custom dentures for patients.
Call (480) 949-7900 for our Scottsdale, AZ, office or (602) 944-7199 for our Phoenix, AZ, office today for a checkup and consultation with Dr. Shawn Monahan or Dr. Scott Sutton about your cosmetic dentistry options.
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