Are you wondering whether dentures are the best way to replace your missing teeth? We know a lot of thought goes into making the right decision regarding your oral health, and our Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel can provide you with the information you need to make the best decision regarding how to replace your missing teeth. If you are thinking dentures might be right for you, here are the different types of dentures you’ll need to know about first.
Complete dentures are designed to fully replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaws. These teeth sit directly on top of the gums, where they naturally suction to the gums to stay in place; however, depending on whether you have a lower or upper set of complete dentures, you may also choose to use denture adhesives to keep teeth from shifting or moving around.
Complete dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth, providing you with natural-looking false teeth that sit on an acrylic base made to resemble gum tissue. These teeth are worn during the day but must be removed and placed into a soaking solution overnight.
If you only have a few teeth missing, then our dental team will recommend partial dentures. This type of dentures is either removable or fixed in place. We can discuss the pros and cons of each type of partial dentures to help you decide the right one for you. Clasps connect to natural teeth to hold removable partial dentures in place, while dental crowns are cemented over natural teeth to fix partials (also referred to as a dental bridge) permanently in place.
These prefabricated dentures are placed immediately after a tooth extraction, so you never have to be without teeth. We can place these dentures the very same day and they are worn while the gums are healing. Since it can take weeks for the gums to heal, our Midland, MI, general dentist wants you to still have teeth to be able to talk and chew during the healing process. Once your gums have healed, then we can place your permanent dentures.
These false teeth sit on top of the gums but are held in place with dental implants. Implants are metal posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, implants can support your partial or full dentures.
If you’d like to get dentures here in Midland, MI, our family dentist Dr. Winkel can provide you with this custom dental appliance to restore your smile. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dentures, call us today at (989) 631-6680 to schedule a consultation.