Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, doesn’t just affect a person’s self-image — it can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there’s a reliable and time-tested method for treating this condition: full or partial dentures.
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Ellicott City dentist Dr. Ray Becker offers several varieties of dentures available to address specific issues, from partial dentures to implant-supported overdentures. The best option for you will depend on your individual situation.
Types of Dentures
Dr. Ray Becker offers several types of dentures and will help you select the best one based on your needs, goals and budget.
The dentures that we offer in our Ellicott City dental office are called cosmetic dentures because they are highly aesthetic and look and feel just like natural teeth. The dentures that Dr. Becker offers are designed to fit stably and comfortably in your mouth.
There are basically two types of dentures: Full Dentures and Partial Dentures. Full dentures replace all of a person's upper or lower teeth. A partial denture replace several missing teeth, similar to a dental bridge.
A denture can either be removable or fixed. Fixed dentures are anchored by dental implants and often called implant dentures.
About the Denture Implants Procedure
The procedure for denture implants is the same as the procedure for having a single dental implant. Rather than having one dental implant placed, however, the dentist will strategically place several dental implants to anchor the denture or partial denture.
This procedure is often called same day dentures or one day dentures. In most cases, the denture will be secured to the implants on this same visit. This will aid in the healing process, as well as offer cosmetic and functional benefits. During the healing process, you will be asked to follow a soft diet.
Some patients may have a temporary denture placed, with the permanent restoration being secured once the dental implants have fully integrated into the bone.
What to Expect With Dentures
If you've recently lost your teeth and received an immediate denture, it's normal to find some tissue shrinkage and bone loss occurring. Therefore, in several months you may find that your immediate dentures no longer fit well.
You will have two choices at this point:
- You can have your immediate (temporary) dentures re-lined.
This means that material is added under the denture's base to better conform to the new contours of your alveolar ridge.
- A better option is to move to a set of conventional full dentures.
A conventional full denture which will last longer and fit better. With proper care, dentures offer a functional, aesthetic and economical solution to the problem of tooth loss.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures, also known as all-on-four or fixed dentures, have an extremely high success rate and level of patient satisfaction. While there is a greater investment for implant dentures, they do provide superior long term benefits over removable dentures:
- Secure fit, no worries about dentures falling out when you eat or speak
- Improved bone retention, implants help to prevent bone loss
- Ability to eat foods without restrictions
- No adhesives necessary
Dental implants serve the same purpose as the roots of natural teeth: anchoring the replacement teeth to your jawbone. Just like natural tooth roots, they lie under the gum line and therefore are not visible in the mouth. Only the lifelike prosthetic teeth attached to them (the fixed denture) can be seen by you or anyone else. Because dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that has the unique ability to fuse to living bone, they are extremely stable and reliable.