Missing teeth can have a detrimental affect on both dental health and daily quality of life. Replacing lost teeth as quickly as possible is important to avoid additional, more complex problems from developing that may limit the choices for tooth replacement.
Atlanta area dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen offers several options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures and partial dentures.
Cosmetic Dentures Sandy Springs
Often called cosmetic dentures, today’s dentures offer a more natural looking smile and more comfortable fit. Improvements in materials and treatment planning technology enable restorative dentists like Dr. Paulen to help patients with missing teeth regain their smile with dentures that are esthetically pleasing and stable.
Dr. Paulen can replace a poor fitting denture with a cosmetic denture that can give you back a comfortable and functional smile and restore your quality of life. Signs you may need to replace a denture can include:
- Slipping denture
- Denture appears worn or is damaged- teeth may not show when smiling
- Necessary diet changes to accommodate chewing problems
- Changes in clarity of speech
Types of Dentures
Dr. Paulen offers several types of dentures and will help you select the best one based on your needs, goals and budget.
The dentures that we offer in our Sandy Springs, GA dental office are called cosmetic dentures because they are highly aesthetic and look and feel just like natural teeth. The dentures that Dr. Paulen offers are designed to fit stably and comfortably in your mouth.
There are basically two types of dentures: Full Dentures and Partial Dentures. Full dentures replace all of a person's upper or lower teeth. A partial denture replaces several missing teeth, similar to a dental bridge.
A denture can either be removable or fixed. Fixed dentures are anchored by dental implants and often called implant dentures.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures, simply known as implant dentures, have an extremely high success rate and level of patient satisfaction. While there is a greater investment for implant dentures, they do provide superior long term benefits over removable dentures.
- Secure fit, no worries about dentures falling out when you eat or speak
- Improved bone retention, implants help to prevent bone loss
- Ability to eat foods without restrictions
- No adhesives necessary
About the Denture Implants Procedure
The procedure for denture implants is the same as the procedure for having a single dental implant. Rather than having one dental implant placed, however, the dentist will strategically place several dental implants to anchor the denture or partial denture.
This procedure is often called same day dentures or one day dentures. In most cases, the denture will be secured to the implants on this same visit. This will aid in the healing process, as well as offer cosmetic and functional benefits. During the healing process, you will be asked to follow a soft diet.
Some patients may have a temporary denture placed, with the permanent restoration being secured once the dental implants have fully integrated into the bone.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures will depend on your specific condition, the type of denture and materials used. Dr. Paulen will present you with the various options and costs before selecting a treatment. Proud Smiles accepts most dental insurance, and will submit the necessary paperwork on your behalf. In addition, we offer flexible payment options and interest free financing for qualified patients.
Do you repair dentures?
If you need denture repair, please contact our office. In some cases, we may be able to repair an existing denture. In other situations, the dentist may recommend replacing the denture.
What is "All on Four"?
All on four is the name of a popular implant denture procedure, where as few as four dental implants are placed in the jaw to secure a denture. Dr. Paulen will evaluate your condition and recommend the number of implants that will yield the best results for your needs and goals.