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Dentures and Partial Dentures

Smile with Confidence Again

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Missing teeth don't just affect your smile. The absence of teeth can promote bone loss in the jaw, speech problems, difficulty in chewing, and decreased confidence in your appearance as well. Dr. Eick can correct these problems and revitalize your smile with modern dentures. He can personally design a prosthetic that will renew your oral health and confidence for a lifetime to come. Contact our office if you or a loved one might be facing tooth loss soon.

The Process for Getting Dentures

Dentures

First, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Eick in which he’ll help you decide which type of denture is best for you. (Full dentures are used if an entire arch is gone; partial dentures fill in the spaces left by a few missing teeth.) He’ll then start the process by taking numerous X-rays, scans, and impressions of your bite and jaw. This will help him and the dental lab design your dentures so they have the perfect look and fit.

Over the course of a few appointments, you’ll try on various mock-up dentures until you find the one that feels just right. Using that model, your final denture will be cast, and you’ll come to Dr. Eick’s office to have it placed into your mouth the first time. He’ll then explain how you can take care of your denture as well as give you tips that can help you adjust to them quickly.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures
  • Better Nutrition: You won’t be able to eat many different foods when all of your teeth are missing. Dentures will let you enjoy a varied diet again that’ll keep your body happy and healthy.
  • A Great Smile: Patients suffering from tooth loss may find it hard to smile, but dentures can give them their confidence back. You’ll find it easier to grin in social situations and at important business meetings.
  • Speak Clearly: You need your teeth to coherently pronounce most words, and a well-fitted set of dentures will let you do just that.
  • Long Lasting: Dentures do need to be replaced eventually, but if you handle them carefully and clean them every day, they can last for up to 10 years.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures

In many cases, full dentures can be supported by dental implants. An implant is a small metal post that integrates with the jawbone. This is the only kind of restoration that replaces the roots of the teeth in addition to the teeth themselves.

With dental implants, you’ll never have to worry about your dentures slipping while talking or laughing; they’ll be held firmly in place at all times. You’ll also be able to eat anything you want thanks to the enhanced chewing power of the implants. Furthermore, because the jaw continues to receive stimulation from the implant posts, it won’t deteriorate as it normally would when teeth are missing; in other words, dental implants can prevent bone loss in the jaw and help your face maintain its youthful structure.