If you are missing several or all of your teeth, it can have a devastating impact on your appearance and oral health. Dentures, made at Well Rooted Dentistry in Providence, RI, are designed to replace several teeth or even an entire dental arch, reestablishing oral health and function. As a holistic practice, we ensure that all of our dentures are fabricated from biocompatible materials.
Types of Dentures
There are a few different types of dentures available. Below, we will explore some of the most common types at our practice.
Likely what you envision when you think of dentures, these appliances rest on the gums and are supported by the underlying bone ridge. Full dentures are removeable and must be soaked overnight to reduce bacteria and keep your appliance clean and fresh.
Made similar to full dentures, partial dentures are designed to replace several sporadically missing teeth in one or both arches. The remaining natural teeth can be used to offer additional support for the partial. Unlike partial dentures made at other practices, our partials do not contain metal.
Full and partial dentures can also be supported by dental implants, allowing for extra stability and security. Implant-supported dentures are still removable, but they stay firmly in place until you decide to remove them. Many long-time denture wearers decide to upgrade their appliances so they can speak and eat in confidence.
Because we are a holistic practice, we adhere to the standards of biological dentistry. Therefore, we are a completely metal-free office. In fact, we perform materials testing on every individual to eliminate the possibility of an adverse or allergic reaction.
In most cases, dentures are made from acrylic. They can also be made from medical-grade ceramic. Dentures have a gum-colored base with artificial teeth to complete your smile.
First, our dentists will see you for an initial consultation. During this visit, we will perform a comprehensive visual assessment and take x-rays of your teeth. If any preliminary procedures are necessary, these steps will be discussed in more detail. This could include extractions, bone grafts, or other treatments, depending on your specific needs.
If it is determined that you qualify for dentures, we will take impressions of your gums and any remaining teeth. These impressions are then sent to our partner dental lab, where a technician will craft your new dentures.
Once your dentures have been made, they are shipped to our dental office in Providence, RI. Your dentist will try in your new appliance, check the fit and color, and make any necessary adjustments. It is common to need a few adjustments over the next few weeks until you become fully accustomed to your dentures.
Lifespan of Dentures
Traditional dentures last about seven to 10 years on average. To maintain a proper fit, patients should visit their dentist for relines every couple of years.
Implant-supported dentures last much longer. While the attached denture may need to be replaced every 10 or 15 years, the implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care.
Contact Us for More Information
Tooth loss can have a negative impact on your oral health as well as your overall quality of life. Dentures can restore your smile and give you the confidence you need to take on the world. To learn more about the treatment options offered at Well Rooted Dentistry in Providence, RI, contact us online or call us at (401) 533-9680.