Removable Dentures Options in Tulsa, OK
When it comes to teeth, less is not more. You need a full set of teeth to keep doing what you should: chew, talk, and look good. That’s where dentures from your Tulsa, OK dentist comes in handy.
When Dentures Make SenseRead Transcript
There are an estimated 40 million Americans who have, unfortunately, have dentures. The problem with dentures is people can get along with an upper denture okay because it seals against the roof of the mouth, but a lower denture has the tongue in the middle so it's just little plastic U shaped piece of plastic that sits on top of the gums and tends to float badly. Implants offer those patients the ability to stabilize that denture, especially a lower denture, with a minimum of two implants and sometimes, four and more. Then, it can be snapped into place and be very stable. Depending on how many implants you place, it can almost achieve the same function of natural teeth that they once had.
What the implants also do is preserve that bone because they stimulate it just like a natural tooth would. It keeps the bone from disappearing which is called atrophy. A person who has had teeth out and has been without teeth for a long time, the lower ridge dissolves back and in. That's why somebody that's missing all their teeth for a long time ends up with a caved in face because that ridge is just dissolved away. Implants can stop that process and preserve that bone as long as they're in place. They stimulate the bone and stabilize a denture, preserve the bone, and create excellent function all at the same time.
It’s always a good idea to replace a missing tooth. It makes your smile look good again. Plus, you can more easily chew and eat. If you’re missing only one tooth, a dental bridge or dental implant are your best tooth replacement options. But if you are missing a lot of teeth, denture can be a less expensive way to go. The replacement teeth are set in a gum-colored base and will look like real teeth. They will help your smile look healthy and normal again.
Types Of Dentures
In general, there are two types of dentures: full and partial.
- Full dentures are what people usually picture when they think of denture. A full arch of replacement teeth are set in a gum-colored base. If you have any remaining teeth, they would need to be extracted before you could get full denture.
- Partial dentures can be used if you still have a good number of your natural teeth. These are made of several replacement teeth, not a full arch, in a gum-colored base. They usually connect to your existing teeth for added stability.
Both full and partial dentures are removable.
Proper Denture Care
With proper care, your denture can last at least 5 to 10 years. You can help them last longer by always taking them out at night. Not only do you need to give your gums a rest, but you also need to clean your it properly. A denture cleaner or special toothpaste will work. Rinse thoroughly afterward and keep your denture in water. Drying them out can warp the base. Finally, remember that anything that stains teeth can also stain your denture.
Stable Dentures Are Comfortable Dentures
A denture is held in place by two methods. First, the gum-colored base is shaped according to precise measurements to hold snugly onto your gums. Second, you apply a nontoxic adhesive to the base before putting it on your gums. This usually is enough to keep dentures in place. However, over time some people’s denture still move or shift around occasionally, especially while eating tough foods. In rare cases, it can fall out.
There is a way to make sure your denture do not move. Dr. Cobble will work closely with you to place several dental implants. With this option, instead of connecting a single replacement tooth to each root, your denture is connected to the roots, creating a strong hold on your denture to eliminate any movement problems.
If you are ready to replace your missing teeth with partial or full dentures in Tulsa, OK, schedule an appointment at Masterpiece Smiles today by calling 918-925-9687 or use our convenient online form for your next appointment.