Getting The Right Dentures & Dental Implants

Dentures & Dental Implants

Being able to smile confidently and eat comfortably is a pleasure afforded by your teeth. However, it is not that hard to lose teeth, especially with unhealthy lifestyles. Modern dentures and dental implants have near-perfect designs and they fit well, which complements your natural facial structure. 

Eagle Rock Dental Care is one of the most reliable options for Idaho Falls dentures. With years of experience in the field, we can design lifelike dentures and dental implants that not only fit comfortably, but also complement your natural facial features.

Why Should I Use Dentures?

One of the biggest reasons to get dentures is your appearance, and if that is not enough of a reason, missing teeth often mean more strain on the other side of your mouth. Gaps in your teeth set also makes adjacent teeth weak and may change the contact between your upper and lower teeth.

What Are The Options?

There are two primary ways to replace your missing teeth. The most popular way is the installation of dentures, which involves replacing a few missing teeth using partial dentures or replacement of the entire set of teeth using complete dentures. 

The second way is using dental implants, which involves placing artificial roots for replacement teeth in the jaw bone. Here’s a deeper look into both:

Dentures

There are two types of dentures available today – complete and partial dentures. Complete/full dentures can only be installed when all your teeth are missing. On the other hand, partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth. 

Full Dentures

Full dentures are installed when all the teeth are missing. Full dentures are designed to replace every tooth in the mouth on a flexible tissue that fits perfectly over the gum. Complete dentures are only held in place by the suction between the flexible tissue and your gum tissue. 

In our design and processing phases, we take your unique jaw and gum features into consideration to create a denture that complements your facial features. It is absolutely necessary that all our dentures be customized and effective in replacing your natural teeth. 

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are installed to replace missing teeth, and depend on the remaining teeth as well as suction with the gum tissue for rigidity. The replacement set of teeth must be perfectly crafted to fit in and complement your healthy natural teeth. 

Plastic vs Metal Partial Dentures

Plastic is cheaper than metal, and can be designed and modeled in a very short time. However, unless they are very neatly designed, they can easily damage adjacent teeth. Comparatively, metal partial dentures are often made of a cobalt and chromium alloy and offer much more rigidity. 

Metal partial dentures are also lighter than plastic dentures, and can be comfortably supported by surrounding teeth. Although their roots and base are metallic, they often feature a flexible plastic gum-colored tissue and natural looking teeth attached to them. Metal partial dentures usually cost more than plastic ones. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great long term option for those with missing teeth or who require dentures. Implants are strong and sturdy like your natural teeth. But, implants are only as strong as the bone supporting them.

Dental implants are metal rods that are fused to the jaw bone to support artificial, temporary teeth. Implants give temporary teeth the stability to be a little less temporary and more long lasting. Not only that, but implants keep dentures from obnoxiously slipping out of place. Implants not only add strength to your teeth, but comfort as well.

How Long Does It Take To Have A Tooth Replaced?

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Your gums must heal properly after your tooth is extracted for a replacement to be installed. Your gum could take as long as 6 months to completely heal. Nevertheless, you could have temporary dentures fitted as you heal and have the bridge installed after your gum is completely healed.

Denture Maintenance

Complete and partial dentures are removable and necessitate some discipline in their handling and care. Dentures should be cleaned at least once daily using cleaning products designed for denture cleaning. The daily cleaning routine removes food debris, which lead to build up of bacteria and bad odor. 

Dentures are delicate and damage is not always apparent to the untrained eye. It is wise to take your dentures to a dentist every once in a while, especially if they fall or dry out. Even small changes to your denture’s characteristics could cause gum tissue damage and discomfort while eating or speaking. 

Regular visits to your dentist will also help you identify changes in your oral health as a result of the dentures. This is important because oral problems are often impossible or hard to reverse when symptoms begin to arise.

Conclusion

Getting a denture or tooth implant is a great option to resume your natural eating and social habits. Nevertheless, it is essential to be in the know about how they are installed and maintained to keep your oral health at its optimum. While there are other methods of replacing missing teeth, including using a combination of partial dentures and crowns, they are quite specialized and should be considered only under dentist prescription.

Where To Get Your Dentures And Implants

At Eagle Rock Dental Care, we offer full and partial dentures. If your dentures are ill-fitting or breaking down please come and see us. We can help you determine the best course of action for you. If chewing or smiling is difficult due to ill-fitting dentures, Please refer to the implant section to learn more about options to stabilize your dentures and allow them to function properly. Dentures today are not what dentures were in years past. With the ability to stabilize your denture with dental tooth root replacements (dental implants) they can fit & function better than ever.

Let our team of professional dentists help you determine the best course of treatment for you! Schedule online or call us at our Idaho Falls, Rexburg or Arco locations.

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