If you’re missing teeth, you may be considering various replacement options. Besides affecting your smile’s appearance, missing teeth can also cause other problems like unnecessary wear and tear on your remaining teeth, shifting teeth, difficulty with at-home oral healthcare, and so much more. Thankfully, Dr. Randall Nameth, an expert dentist in Worthington, has a solution! He uses full and partial dentures to help patients who are missing all, most, or some of their teeth get a complete smile. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of dentures in Worthington.
Before discussing the different types, it’s important to know the basics. A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth attached to a plastic, gum colored base. A full denture replaces the patient’s entire smile, while a partial denture can complete the rest of your teeth while leaving your remaining healthy dental structure intact. Dentures can be held in place using various methods, but this will depend on your smile and needs. With proper care, your denture will last between 5 to 7 years, and it can even last longer if it’s supported by dental implants.
We offer full dentures for patients who are missing all or most of their teeth. If you still have some teeth remaining, we may remove them to accommodate your full denture. This replacement allows us to restore the appearance of your whole smile at once. Traditional dentures are held in place with suction, making them completely removeable. We will take impressions of your gums before creating your personalized denture for the best comfort and function. Even though you won’t have any natural teeth remaining, oral healthcare is still important. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning before inserting your dentures for a comfortable and healthy wearing experience.
If you have some of your natural teeth remaining, we may recommend a partial denture if they are healthy enough. This option fills in the gaps in your smile like missing pieces to a puzzle. The result is a seamlessly complete, beautiful smile. Partial dentures are typically held in place with brackets or wires, and they can be removed for cleaning and maintenance.
Implant-retained dentures are quickly becoming our most popular option for full smile replacement because of their unique benefits. Combining dentures and dental implants, this replacement can restore an entire row of your smile at once with the strength, health, and security of dental implants. These are small posts made of titanium, which are surgically placed in the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Titanium is biocompatible, allowing the implants to fuse to your jawbone for ultimate stability. Once placed, we can mount your custom-made denture on top of the implants. With this new smile, you can speak, smile, laugh, and eat all of your favorite foods without worrying about a shifting denture.
Does it sound like one of these options are right for you? Contact Dr. Nameth today to get started.