Dentures, also known as false teeth are prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth. Traditionally, dentures were designed as a removable prosthetic for the upper or lower jaw. For hundreds of years, conventional dentures have restored appearance and function for patients. An alternative to removable denture prosthetics, are fixed dentures.
Fixed dentures are available for patients missing some or all of teeth. Partial fixed dentures, also known as crown and bridge dentures are possible if you are missing multiple teeth. Screw retained dentures with dental implants are an excellent treatment option if you are missing all teeth in the upper or lower arch.
Patients can become edentulous (without teeth) for many reasons. The most common reason for tooth loss is due to periodontal disease and tooth decay. Additionally, patients who experience a combination of endodontic treatment, crown lengthening, restorations and trauma may choose to have teeth removed. Replacing missing teeth will help you maintain a healthy smile and improve your overall health. Dentists at our Vancouver, WA office can provide solutions to replace your missing teeth.
Implant-supported dentures, also known as screw retained dentures with dental implants is a fixed prosthesis. A fixed denture is may be an option if significant bone loss has not occurred. Your appearance is only one of the advantages to replace missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures improve your appearance by replacing your missing teeth while providing improved overall function for eating and speech. Additionally, you will have the stability of a fixed restoration thanks to the use of implants.
Generally, fixed restorations like screw-retained dentures will take multiple appointments to complete. The fixed prosthesis is mounted in a base made of pink resin that is formed over a metal structure to create an exact fit over your gums. Our dental restoration specialist places the implants into your existing bone structure. The implants will stimulate your bone the same as the root of a natural tooth. In other words, implants will help to preserve your adjacent bone structure.
Sometimes implants or crowns are not a possible solution to replace missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are an excellent option to replace missing teeth. Conventional dentures such as partials contain replacement teeth usually secured in a pink gum-colored resin. Removable partial dentures are designed to be installed and removed by patients.
Partial dentures can improve your appearance by replacing your missing teeth and enhanced overall function for eating and speech. Typically, it will take multiple appointments to finish the dentures.
During each phase of the process, we check for proper fit and bite alignment. Typically, it will take multiple appointments to make slight adjustments. After a brief adjustment period, you will be able to eat without removing your denture prosthetic.
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