Dentures are one of the most common tooth replacement options and can give you back the functionality of your smile. From improving the efficiency of chewing and eating to boosting your confidence by giving you a full smile, dentures offer many benefits to people with missing teeth. Learn more about dentures by reading below, and contact Dr. Shanean Anderson at Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC, if you are interested in undergoing treatment.
Do I need dentures?
If you are missing only one tooth, other tooth replacement options, such as a bridge or dental implant, may be better suited to your needs. However, if you have many missing teeth or are missing all of your teeth, a denture can fill in your gaps and allow you to use your teeth to their fullest capabilities.
Types of Dentures
- Traditional Dentures: Traditional dentures replace all of the teeth on an arch and sit on the gum tissue. They stay in place using gravity or suction and patients remove them at night while they sleep.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures use any remaining healthy teeth as an anchor, fitting over them into their place on the gum tissue. The healthy teeth are saved from potentially drifting or not being adequately stimulated for the bone to remain healthy. Partial dentures are handcrafted by dental technicians to match your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless look.
- Immediate Dentures: Dentists create immediate dentures prior to an extraction appointment. This allows you to wear your dentures out of your dentist’s office and gives the denture the opportunity to act as a kind of band-aid while the extraction sites heal.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures use dental implants placed throughout the arch to hold a denture in place. The denture is usually permanent, non-removable, and considered to be the closest to a natural smile that dentists can provide for patients with missing teeth.
For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Shanean Anderson at Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC. Call (919) 825-1795 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Anderson today!