Most of us are familiar with full dentures, but they're not the only option when it comes to restoring your lost teeth. Our Centralia, WA, dentists, Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts of Ash & Roberts, DDS, offer several denture types you may want to consider if you're planning to improve your smile.
What type of dentures can I choose?
When you visit our Centralia office, we may recommend one or more of these denture types:
- Full Dentures: Full dentures consist of a row of artificial teeth mounted on a pink base designed to resemble your gum tissue. The dentures rest against your gums and are held in place by suction and denture adhesive. If you'll be wearing dentures for the first time, you'll need to wait for your mouth to heal after your extractions before you can receive your full dentures.
- Immediate Dentures: You'll receive immediate dentures as soon as your teeth are removed. Prior to the extraction appointment, you'll visit our office where an impression of your mouth will be made. The impression will be used to create attractive false teeth that look completely natural in your mouth. Immediate dentures are usually replaced with full dentures once your mouth heals.
- Overdentures: Overdentures are designed to fit over tooth remnants. Retaining remnants with healthy roots, rather than pulling them, will help your jaw remain stronger, as the roots will stimulate your jawbone.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are an option if you only need to replace several teeth. Unlike full and immediate dentures, these dentures aren't held in place by suction and dental adhesive. They're attached to teeth on either side of the gap with small hooks.
- Implant-Retained Dentures: Implant-retained dentures are the latest restoration option. Before you receive this type of denture, four to eight dental implants are placed in your jawbone. The implants are made of titanium, a type of metal that bonds to your jawbone during a three to six month period. Removable or fixed dentures are attached to the implants or a metal framework attached to the implants. Implant-retained dentures are more comfortable because they don't slip and also provide better biting power.
Do you still need a little help deciding which type of dentures are best for you? Call our Centralia, WA, dentists, Dr. Ash and Dr. Roberts of Ash & Roberts, DDS, at (360) 736-8380 to schedule an appointment.