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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
June 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
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DenturesFind out whether or not dentures could restore your smile and your appearance.

When people think about tooth loss they often think about dentures. This is because this oral prosthetic has been around for centuries. Of course, modern-day dentures have been vastly improved to provide a more realistic and comfortable tooth replacement for those missing several or all of their teeth. Our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, is here to tell you more about dentures to help you determine if this is the right option for you.

Complete Dentures

Just as the name suggests, complete dentures are recommended when you are missing all of your natural teeth. They can be used to replace either the upper or lower teeth, or both. They are made to look just like real teeth and even contain a foundation that resembles natural gum tissue.

Complete dentures stay in place by suctioning themselves to natural gum tissue or by using denture adhesives. While adhesives can help dentures stay in place, often times these removable prosthetics can shift or move around when speaking or chewing.

Partial Dentures

This type of denture can be used when you are missing some of your teeth but you still have some natural teeth remaining. Just like complete dentures, partial dentures also contain a gum-like acrylic base that contains a row of artificial teeth. Partial dentures usually have some metal clasps or attachments that are connected to neighboring natural teeth to secure the false teeth in place.

Immediate Dentures

If our Midland general dentist has to extract one or more natural teeth we may place immediate dentures right after the extraction so that you have a full set of teeth the same day. Of course, immediate dentures are not custom-fitted and are usually only temporary until your gums have fully healed. Once the gums have healed we can fit you with a permanent set of dentures.

Implant-supported Dentures

While the fit, feel, and design of dentures have certainly changed for the better, we know that they won’t feel or look exactly like real teeth. We understand that it can be frustrating to feel your teeth move, shift, or make noise when trying to enjoy your favorite foods or talk to your colleagues; however, if you want a more stable tooth replacement, we can place four implants into the jawbone to help stabilize and hold your dentures in place. You’ll never have to worry about your teeth moving around on you again, and chewing and speech will be restored.

Do you have questions about the different kinds of dentures offered in Midland, MI? Do you want to sit down and discuss which kind is right for you? We would be happy to help you get back that beautiful smile. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.

By Dr. Kathryn Winkel, DDS
July 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Missing several or all of your teeth can put you in an uncomfortable position when you need to make a good impression. Whether you're dentureson a date or in a job interview, a great smile makes you appear approachable and confident. Trying to hide your teeth's flaws - or putting them on full display - can have the opposite effect, giving other people the wrong idea about you. That's why your Midland, MI dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, suggests dentures as a way for her patients to not only improve their smile, but enhance their entire life.

How do dentures work? 

Most people are familiar with the basic concept of dentures: "false teeth" that are worn when someone is missing their natural teeth. They fit over the gum ridges using a combination of suction and denture paste and are removed for cleaning and sleeping. However, because dental technology has made such great strides in the past few decades, dentures are no longer the artificial-looking and often uncomfortable replacements that they once were. The materials used for both the teeth and the base appear much more realistic, and the measurements taken by your Midland dentist are digital and far more accurate, giving you optimal comfort and support. Even the ingredients in denture paste are more efficient and long-lasting than they were in years past.

How can dentures help me?

In addition to filling in your smile with beautiful tooth restorations, dentures from your Midland dentist give you the ability to chew foods that might have been off-limits before, especially raw vegetables and meat, giving your diet the much-needed nutrients that come from them. Dentures also help to "prop up" the muscles in the face, which naturally sag when teeth are missing and the jawbone begins to deteriorate from lack of use.

If you think dentures sound like a great solution for your dental problems, we encourage you to contact your Midland, MI dentist, Dr. Winkel, to set up a consultation today!