What to Know About Dentures
At Pollard Dental, we do everything we can to save your natural teeth, but unfortunately that is not always possible. At times, tooth decay, gum disease, or other medical conditions can lead to the difficult decision to extract most if not all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. While our first recommendation for a tooth replacement option is typically dental implants, that is not always a viable option for a number of patients. In those cases, we recommend dentures. Dentures have been used for many years to replace teeth, and with advancements in dental techniques and technology, they have come a long way.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable option to replace missing teeth. They can be used to replace a full arch of teeth on the top and bottom. Partial dentures are used to replace a portion of the teeth as a way to eliminate gaps and assist with chewing. Dentures have come a long way over the years. The dentures of the past were uncomfortable and had a difficult time staying securely in the mouth. Patients needed to be sure they had denture adhesive when out and about in case the dentures fell out of their mouth. Dentures today are carefully fitted in the mouth and closely simulate the appearance of natural teeth.
Dentures and Implants Together
There are patients who love the idea of dental implants, but due to cost and concerns with oral surgery are not able to use implants to replace all of their missing teeth. For many patients, we can use a combination of dental implants and dentures together. Dental implants are inserted into certain points along the jawline. Dentures are then permanently attached to the implants and can only be removed by the dentist. Partial dentures can also be used with dental implants. This method improves both the fit of the dentures and reduces the size of the hardware.
If you are located in the Silverdale, WA area and are interested in learning more about dentures, be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you restore your oral health.