Let's face it, when you lose teeth, your whole life is affected. Not only can missing teeth have a negative impact on your confidence, it can also affect your ability to eat the foods you love. No matter if you are missing a few teeth or all of them, Anchorage Dental Associates in Anchorage AK can provide you with dentures, allowing you to get back your smile and enjoy your favorite foods.
What are Dentures?
Traditional dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that are supported by the gums and attached with adhesive. They are made from impressions of your gums so they fit your mouth properly. There are also partial dentures, for when you still have some healthy teeth remaining. And one of the newest forms of dentures are implant supported.
When you no longer have any healthy teeth remaining, one of your options is to have a set of full dentures made. If some of your unhealthy teeth are still intact, they will be removed to prevent infections. Impressions will be taken so that they fit properly. Full dentures affixed with adhesive each morning and removed each night, not only for cleaning, but to allow your gums to rest as well, as they are the main support for your false teeth. Dentures should be cleaned regularly to get rid of any lingering food particles and bacteria, which can otherwise cause gum disease and bad breath.
Dentures Complete Vs Partial
It is important to note that when your teeth are gone, the bone in your jaw can begin to deteriorate. This can cause your jaw to change shape over time, affecting the fit of your dentures. For this reason, you may need to be refitted for a new pair from time to time to accommodate your changing mouth. If you are experiencing pain, be sure to call the office to schedule an appointment and speak with the dentist.
If you still have some healthy teeth remaining, there is no need to pull them just to put in a full set of dentures. We can provide you with partial dentures instead, allowing your healthy teeth to stay intact, helping to maintain the health of your jawbone. A bridge placed in the gaps and attached to the surrounding healthy teeth, which act as anchors. False teeth can be snapped in and removable or they can be permanently fixed in place.
Implant Supported Dentures
One of the newest forms of dentures are those that are supported by implants. They can be used as either full or partial dentures. These dentures require a surgical procedure to place the implants into your jaw, provided your jaw is strong enough to hold them. After a healing period, your dentures can be permanently placed or you can opt for a removable version that is snapped in.
Implant supported dentures keep the pressure of false teeth off of your gums. They are also stronger than traditional dentures and can protect your jawbone from deteriorating. Studies have shown that the implants can slow or even stop it from occurring.
Tooth loss shouldn't keep you from a normal life. Anchorage Dental Associates can provide you with the perfect set of replacement teeth. Call us today at our Anchorage location at (907) 885-3666 and schedule an appointment to discuss your denture options!
2525 Gambell Street, Suite 304, Anchorage, AK 99503-2838- (907) 885-3666
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