Dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to a gum colored base, and they provide a natural-looking, stable solution for replacing several or a whole row of missing teeth. The dentists at Anderson Family Dental provide full and partial dentures in Colorado Springs.
Just like the name suggests, a partial denture is one that replaces several missing teeth when some natural teeth are still present in the gums. The partial can be fixed, or removable for easy cleaning. A fixed partial denture is more commonly called a bridge, and it is often used when the teeth are missing in a row. A removable partial can replace teeth from various parts of the mouth. When not secured with dental implants, partial dentures are held in place with a metal frame that clasps to the remaining teeth. The fixed bridge uses the surrounding teeth as anchors for the prosthetic teeth that fill the gap in between.
Also called a complete denture, the full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. A full denture can be held in place by dental implants, or with suction or a denture adhesive. Many patients go through an adjustment phase wearing non-implant retained dentures, while the mouth gets used to the new teeth. Don’t be alarmed if you notice sore spots on the cheeks or gums immediately after you receive your dentures -- they will heal with time.
Even the comfortable, natural-looking dentures we provide at Anderson Family Dental may seem difficult to live with at first. But that’s just your mouth’s initial reaction to a foreign object. Speed up the adjustment phase with your denture by persevering through it. As tempting as it may be to remove your denture, wear it as directed to help your mouth get used to the new device. Practice reading aloud to retrain your speech with dentures. After a few weeks of continued use, most people find they can eat, speak, and smile with full confidence once again.
People who are eligible for dental implants should consider retaining their dentures using implant dentistry. Tiny titanium posts, dental implants provide unparalleled stability for a denture -- and they improve oral health by stimulating the jawbone for years to come. Dental implants take the place of your missing tooth’s root, for a truly comprehensive solution to tooth loss.
The benefits of retaining a denture with dental implants include:
- No need for denture creams or adhesives
- The denture fits properly from day one
- Oral health improves with dental implants
- The most stable option in tooth replacement
Ideal candidates for dental implants are adult patients who enjoy good oral and overall health, free from gum disease and health conditions that affect the immune system. Anderson Family Dental performs the entire dental implant procedure in our state-of-the-art office.
Are you already missing teeth or on the brink of tooth loss? We can complete your smile with partial or full dentures in Colorado Springs. Contact Anderson Family Dental to schedule an appointment today!