Different types of dental restoration can be used when someone is missing one or more teeth. If only one or two teeth are missing, then dental implants or a bridge might be suggested to fill in space. On the other hand, there are times when partial dentures are needed because multiple teeth are missing. In some situations, it makes sense to restore the whole mouth with a set of full dentures.
Recommendations for dentures and other dental restorations depend on your dental health and budget. The best thing that you can do is schedule a consultation with our team at Flex Dental. We will evaluate your circumstances and help you choose the right solutions to meet your needs.
Dentures are designed to not only replace the missing teeth but also fill in the surrounding tissue that is lost after the tooth is gone. If some of your natural teeth remain, then only partial dentures are used to complete the smile.
It is necessary to give the gums time to heal after the teeth have been removed. This healing time usually takes between 8 and 12 weeks before the mouth is ready for a conventional denture fitting. There are also options for immediate denture fittings, giving a temporary solution while the mouth is healing, but the gums and bones will shrink with time, resulting in a situation where the immediate dentures will need to be fitted again in the future.
Dentures are created so that they are custom-fitted to your mouth. These prosthetics are designed using impressions of your mouth. A series of several appointments will be needed so that we can adjust the fit, improve the appearance, and ensure comfort. The final denture is created with a custom fit, shape, and color to restore your smile.
If you are missing some, but not all, of your teeth then partial dentures may be the best solution for you. They are fitted to replace only the teeth that are missing without needing to extract additional teeth. Traditional dentures can restore your smile without additional procedures.
If you are looking for a longer-term dental restoration, consider permanent dentures. These implant supported dentures or cemented bridges will stay in your mouth without needing to remove them for cleaning or maintenance. They will simply act as natural teeth do. Similarly, snap on overdentures are also an option. These dentures are supported by implants, but are still removable, so you have options on how you can use them.
We also offer All on Four implants in our office. With All on 4, you can quickly and easily replace all of your top or bottom teeth with a simple treatment plan. Like traditional dentures, you have an option to remove the teeth for cleaning and adjustments as needed, but they are unique in how the implants are placed to hold the restorations firmly in place. With as little as four implants placed in the jawbone, the dentures can be firmly secured in the mouth during the day.
While the mostly limiting factor for dental restorations may be cost, these longer term options, while more expensive to start, could save you money in the long run by preventing future treatments. Implant supported dentures can last a lifetime if properly cared for, whereas dentures may need to be replace more frequently. It is best to consult your dentist on what permanent denture solution is best for your oral health.
Dentures are the cheapest option for tooth restoration. Other treatments and dental services might be considered if you are looking for a long-term solution. For example, dental implants and cemented bridges offer a permanent dental fixture that can’t be removed from the mouth. These treatments have a closer resemblance to real teeth. But, some people aren’t good candidates for implants.
If you need a tooth replacement solution, the first step will be to schedule a consultation with our team at Flex Dental. Your dentist will work with you to create the personalized treatment plan that best fits your needs and budget, whether that includes dentures or other restoration treatments.
Whether you need dentures or you want to explore other cosmetic dental restorations, you need to schedule an appointment at Flex Dental. Contact our dental office in Bloomingdale, IL to schedule an exam so that you can receive personalized recommendations for your situation.