Choosing the Right Option for You
During your initial consultation at our practice with Dr. Malki, he will conduct an full evaluation of your oral health and may also recommend x-rays or a cone beam CT scan to examine the underlying structures of your smile. When deciding between dentures, it is important to keep several factors in mind, including the extent of your tooth loss, the overall cost of treatment, and your lifestyle. Dr. Malki can explain the benefits of each option and recommend the one best suited to you. There are a few different types of dentures, including:
A full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Where an upper denture covers the roof of your mouth and teeth, the lower one is shaped to cover just the teeth.
A partial denture consists of an acrylic , gum-colored base, artificial teeth, and metal hooks to hold the appliance in place. Partials are a removable alternative to bridges and work well for patients whose missing teeth are not next to one another.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are prosthetic teeth that are permanently affixed to dental implants. The implants are surgically placed in the jawbone in strategic locations, and the dentures attach to the implants with a ball-and-socket connector. They can replace an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both.
The implants also replace the missing tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone and preventing bone loss. The dentures that attach to the implants restore full form and function to your smile. Implant-supported dentures also require far less maintenance than removable dentures. Rather than removing your dentures, brushing them, and soaking them overnight, you simply brush and floss as you would your regular teeth. While traditional dentures use suction and dental adhesive to remain in place, implant-supported dentures connect directly to the implants for superior stability. Because they are permanently affixed to the implants, they will never slip out of place, allowing you to smile, speak, and eat with utmost confidence in your restoration.