Dentures are one of the oldest methods of replacing teeth. When you think of them, you might envision your grandparents’ big bulky fake teeth sitting in jars on the nightstand. You can erase that image from your mind, because dentures have changed a lot in recent years. Many different options are available, but they all have one thing in common. When you choose Big Smile Dental, your new teeth will be designed for comfort, durability, and aesthetics – just like real teeth.
When several teeth are missing, a partial denture plate can be used. Usually, partials are removable, and attach to existing teeth with clips. They need to be cleaned and cared for in the same way as full denture plates.
As the name implies, immediate dentures are placed as soon as extractions are complete. Many patients prefer this method, because they do not have to spend weeks with no teeth. Immediate dentures can also protect your gums while they heal, acting as a bandage.
The drawback to immediate dentures is frequent adjustments. The extraction process will cause some swelling in your gums, and during the weeks that follow this swelling will go down. Your gums will also recede a bit as they adjust to the teeth being gone.
Dentures that are not placed until the gums have healed are called traditional. This process takes longer, but it offers the advantage of fewer adjustments once they are placed, because the gums have settled in place.
Implant supported dentures
The new star of the show in tooth replacement is the dental implant. This small-but-mighty device does the same job as a tooth root. Implants are positioned firmly in the jawbone, where they provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth. Usually, it only takes a few to stabilize an entire denture plate. Implants can also be used to support crowns and bridges for patients who are missing some, but not all, of their teeth.
Whatever your preferences and needs are, we’ve got a great solution! Call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment to get some teeth back in your mouth.