Dentures provide a reliable way to restore your smile after tooth loss. By replacing missing teeth, dentures also help restore biting and chewing functions that might have been difficult with teeth missing. Several types of dentures are available for restoring your smile. Dr. David DeFurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich, the dentists at SouthWest Dental Group in Racine, can explain your denture options and recommend a specific type for you.
Benefits of Dentures
There are several benefits to wearing dentures. The biggest benefit is that dentures give you a full smile. Another benefit of dentures is that they help correct some of the unwanted side effects that can occur following tooth loss. For instance, biting and chewing food can be more difficult when teeth are missing. Additionally, the cheeks can sag when there are not enough teeth to provide support for facial muscles. Speech can also be affected by the gaps from missing teeth. These unwanted side effects can be corrected when you restore your smile with dentures.
Types of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are a type of denture worn when a patient still has some natural teeth. The partial denture fills in the gaps where natural teeth have been lost. Transitional partial dentures are worn temporarily, usually while waiting for the gums to heal following tooth extraction. Once the gums have healed, the transitional denture is replaced with a removable one. Removable partial dentures are meant to be worn long term and are much more comfortable than transitional partial dentures because they are made from a lighter material.
Types of Full Dentures
Full or complete dentures are worn when there are no natural teeth remaining along the top or bottom arch. Types of full dentures include immediate, conventional, and implant-supported overdentures. One of the knowledgeable dentists at our dental practice in Racine can guide you in selecting the type of full denture that will best meet your needs.
Immediate full dentures serve a similar function as transitional partial dentures. They are often worn temporarily while the gums heal following extraction of any remaining teeth. Immediate full dentures make it possible for you to enjoy a full set of teeth right away while waiting for a more permanent option. This type of denture can be replaced with a conventional full denture or an implant-supported overdenture.
Conventional full dentures are custom made for each patient and offer a better fit than immediate full dentures. Further, conventional dentures eventually conform to your mouth over time for an even better fit. Implant-supported overdentures are another long-term option. This type of denture is held in place by several strategically placed dental implants. The dental implants give the dentures added stability.
You have several denture options for restoring your smile. The skilled dentists at our office in Racine can recommend the right type to meet your needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. DeFurio or Dr. Norovich, call SouthWest Dental Group at (262) 632-3156.