How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that sit on top of your gums. Patients with complete tooth loss will have a set of dentures that rest directly on the gums. Those with partial tooth loss will use their other teeth to support their dentures.
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over the gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate while the base of the lower dentures is cut out to accommodate the tongue.
Partial dentures rely on a metal framework that attaches to the natural teeth. Crowns can be placed on the natural teeth to serve as anchors for the denture.
While dentures can provide short-term benefits for patients with missing teeth, they are not extremely long-lasting, which is not exactly cost effective at the end of the day. Long-term oral health is an investment, and dental implants generally serve patients better.
As their name suggests, dental bridges bridge the gap created by one or multiple missing teeth. A bridge is comprised of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth in between. The crowns fit over the bordering teeth to anchor the bridge down.
Dental bridges are often a great option for patients who only have a few missing teeth and do not want the maintenance of dentures. However, they are less natural and durable than dental implants, so patients still experience some difficulty and gum loss.
The success rates of dental implants are around 98%. Still, it is important to consider the particulars of your own oral health, financial situation, and end goal. While Dr. Troutman only recommends dental implants to patients who are able to commit to the process, the long-term success rate of implants is noteworthy.
After your surgery, you will enjoy the various benefits that dental implants provide such as:
Ensuring that you are fully informed about the details of each available procedure is critical to your overall dental health. There are a number of restorative treatment options available, and your individual condition determines which is the best for you. If you have questions, please call our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Troutman today.
Dr. Kenneth Troutman
202 E 17th St.
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Wednesday: 9AM – 6PM
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