The loss of adult teeth is a very serious problem, and while many of us think of it as a cosmetic issue, it causes a huge range of changes inside the mouth and even the bone and gum tissue. Even the loss of a single tooth creates many changes, and it is why our team at Rivercrest Family Dental in New Braunfels, TX encourage patients to consider the use of dentures when they have lost two or more teeth.
Now, it is important to begin with one very simple statement of fact, and that is that today’s dentures are nothing like the outdated dentures you may recall from your earliest years. While the premise is still the same, with any sort of denture serving as a removable replacement for teeth that have been lost to age, accident, disease or damage, there are many differences in today’s appliances.
In our office, we make an array of dentures available, including:
- Full or partials
- Implant supported dentures
- Implant dentures
As you might guess, there are huge differences between these options, and some patients will visit our cosmetic dentist to discuss dentures, while others want to speak with our restorative dentist about them. This is because dentures do serve those dual purposes; they do restore the use of the mouth to the greatest degree possible, but also provide a wonderfully effective cosmetic solution to those with missing teeth.
Understanding the Different Types
Let’s consider the different ways that dentures may provide you with a solution to an array of issues. There are the “full” dentures that are the most familiar, and are used to replace an entire set of upper or lower teeth that have been lost, or need to be extracted. We can give our patients conventional or immediate options based on needs and conditions.
There are “partials” which work as their name implies, providing a partial set of teeth. They can be an entire series of teeth or even used to fill in gaps that are not consecutive but on the upper or lower jaw and relatively close to one another.
There are also options for those who wish to combine the dependability and function of dental implants with the affordability of dentures. Instead of a full denture, the implant supported option will use two or more implants to hold the denture in place, creating a nearly permanent answer.
Aftercare Is Important
Regardless of which treatment options are available to you, there is always a need for aftercare. Even if an entire set of teeth is removed or lost, gum and bite care as well as checkups must remain a key component of your oral hygiene. Twice annual visits to our dentist office are part of aftercare for those with any sort of dentures.
Contact Our Dentist Today
If you are eager to learn more about dentures, talk with our restorative or cosmetic dentist in our New Braunfels dental office about the options. Get in touch with us today by calling 830-625-7611 or by visiting our Contact page.