When you need to replace the teeth in your smile, you have a choice to make. What teeth replacement option should you choose? Dr. Wilhelm will help you choose the option that will work best for your situation. One of the most popular options are dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are one of the most recognized tooth replacement options available. They consist of a full (or partial) arch of replacement teeth that are mounted on a gum-colored base to give them the look of natural teeth. Dr. Wilhelm will take dental impressions to make your new set of replacement teeth. It may take up to 12 weeks for these to be ready, so temporary dentures are available to make sure that you have teeth in your smile while you wait for your permanent restoration to be completed. To make your dentures, Dr. Wilhelm will take a series of dental impressions. Just like with dental crowns and veneers, these impressions will be used to make your custom restoration.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?
Neither option is necessarily better or worse than the other. They are different. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that stabilize restorations, while dentures are sets of replacement teeth. With implant-secured dentures, you can get the best of both worlds: the stability of dental implants and the full set of replacement teeth provided by dentures.
What Types of Dentures Are Available at Mark W. Wilhelm, DMD, MSD?
- Full Dentures – A full set of replacement teeth is custom made to fit inside your mouth and give you a completely new smile. You will take these out at night and for easy cleaning, and wear them for a bright smile throughout the day.
- Partial Dentures – Instead of a full set of teeth, this is a partial set of replacement teeth. This option is for those who need to replace more teeth than what a dental bridge can do.
- Temporary Dentures – This type of denture is a stop-gap measure to keep you with a full set of teeth while you wait for your permanent denture. These will serve you well in the short-term but should not be considered a long-term option. They will become loose and shift due to bone and gum shrinkage as well as swelling in your gums going down following your tooth extraction.
- Implant-Secured Dentures – This type of denture is stabilized by implants. First, Dr. Wilhelm will place an appropriate number of implants in your dental arch for maximum stability. Then, he will attach a bar to the implants. While your denture will clip onto the bar to remain stable in your mouth, you can still remove it. The bar, however, can be removed only by Dr. Wilhelm.
- Implant-Retained Dentures – For this procedure, you will have implants placed along your dental arch. Balls are placed on top of the implants, and those balls snap onto corresponding mechanisms on the bottom of your dentures. This firmly holds your denture restoration in place.