Dentures & Partials An Overview
Missing teeth can have a detrimental effect on both dental health and daily quality of life. Replacing lost teeth as quickly as possible is important to avoid developing more complex problems that may limit tooth replacement choices.
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 a more comfortable fit. Improvements in materials and treatment planning technology enable restorative dentists like Dr. Paulen to help patients with missing teeth regain their smiles with esthetically pleasing and stable dentures.
Dr. Paulen can replace a poorly fitting denture with a cosmetic denture that can give you 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
Dentures & Partials What to Expect
Dr. Paulen offers several types of dentures and will help you select the best one based on your needs, goals, and budget. The dentures we offer in our Sandy Springs, GA dental office are cosmetic because they are highly aesthetic and look and feel just like natural teeth.
Dr. Paulen’s dentures are designed to fit stably and comfortably in your mouth. There are 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 are often called implant dentures.
Implant-supported dentures, simply known as implant dentures, have an extremely high success rate and patient satisfaction. While implant dentures have a greater investment, they provide superior long-term benefits over removable ones.
- 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 having a single dental implant. Rather than placing one dental implant, the dentist will strategically place several dental implants to anchor the denture or partial denture. This procedure is known as same-day dentures or one-day dentures.
In most cases, the dentist secures the denture to the implants on this visit. This will aid in the healing process and offer cosmetic and functional benefits. Follow a soft diet during the healing process. Some patients may have a temporary denture, with the permanent restoration secured once the dental implants have fully integrated into the bone.