Dentures Candidacy Depends on Your Restorative Needs
Dr. Mark Tall is an experienced restorative and cosmetic dentist who can determine your dentures candidacy at his Idaho Falls, ID, practice. You are a good candidate for traditional dentures if you are missing several teeth or more. At Sandcreek Dental, we offer a range of dentures, including full, partial, and implant-supported restorations. At your consultation, Dr. Tall can determine which type of denture is most suitable for your unique needs.
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, you are likely a candidate for a traditional denture. Full dentures have a plastic base that will fit over your gums. A partial denture will typically be suitable if you have large gaps in your smile, but you still have some healthy teeth. Small metal clips attach to these teeth to keep the prosthetic in place. Like a full denture, this restoration will have a gum-colored plastic base.
If you are missing between one and three teeth, you are not a candidate for dentures. Instead, Dr. Tall will typically recommend a traditional or implant-supported bridge.
Traditional versus Implant-supported Dentures
Before undergoing restorative treatment, you should have a good grasp of what the procedure will involve. This is especially true if you are considering implant-supported dentures. An implant-supported denture offers several benefits. It will attach to four or more dental implants, which will be surgically placed in your jaw and act as artificial tooth roots. Healing usually takes between four and six months, after which Dr. Tall will attach your permanent restoration. If your jawbone is not strong enough to support dental implants, Dr. Tall may recommend you undergo bone graft surgery to augment your jaw. The jaw typically takes four to six months to heal after bone graft surgery.
Traditional removable dentures require less invasive treatment, but they do not offer the same functional and cosmetic benefits. However, they are much more economical than implant-supported restorations. To make your traditional dentures, Dr. Tall will first examine your mouth and check for signs of periodontal disease. After that, the doctor will take impressions of your jaw, and our lab will use these molds to craft a comfortable, lifelike denture.
The Importance of Periodontal Health
Before you receive dentures, it is important that you have healthy gums. If you have gum disease, bacteria can cause your gums to recede. Eventually, you can lose bone volume, as well, and this will affect the fit of your prosthetic. Before placing your denture, Dr. Tall will provide appropriate treatment for gum disease.
Healthy gums are especially vital if you are going to receive an implant-supported denture. Gum recession can cause your soft tissues to pull away from the implant posts. Eventually, they could loosen or come out. If you already have moderate to advanced gum disease, Dr. Tall may suggest a traditional denture instead.
A Commitment to Ongoing Dental Health
As a candidate for dentures, you must be dedicated to good oral hygiene. Even when you are missing all of your teeth, bacteria can still affect your healthy gums. If you have a traditional removable denture, you will need to clean the prosthetic daily, and you should store it properly at night. In addition, you should brush your gums and tongue, use antimicrobial mouthwash, and schedule routine dental exams. Caring for an implant-supported denture is similar to caring for your natural teeth. You should brush and floss every day and make regular visits to the dentist.
Find out If You Are a Candidate for Dentures
There is no need to live with the effects of missing teeth. Dr. Tall can evaluate your needs and prescribe the right dentures to suit your lifestyle and budget. To learn more about the different types of dentures and to find out which kind may be right for you, contact Sandcreek Dental today.