Have you suffered through the loss of several or even all of your teeth? If you are, then you know by now what a pain it can make doing everyday tasks like eating or talking. It can even make you afraid to smile because you don’t want the world to notice the gaps in your grin. Full and partial dentures are the perfect solution. Whether you just have a gap in your smile or have lost all of your natural teeth, dentures can bring back your smile. To learn more about whether dentures are right for you, contact us at The Castleberry Center today to schedule a consultation.
Dentures come in two types: full and partial. When you think of dentures, your mind probably conjures up an image of full dentures, which are used when a patient is missing all of their teeth. Full dentures are a set of artificial teeth attached to an acrylic base the color of gum tissue. They are held in place with a combination of denture adhesive and natural suction against the gums, and restore biting force back to your smile.
If you’re only missing a few teeth, you might be a good candidate for partial dentures. Like full dentures, partials consist of artificial teeth anchored to a plastic base. However, they are held in place by a metal framework that snakes behind the remaining natural teeth. Partials are perfect for bridging the gap in your smile and making you feel young again.
The process begins with an appointment where Dr. Castleberry will take custom impressions of your gums, jaw, and any remaining teeth. If you have any teeth that need to be extracted to make room for the dentures, we will get that taken care of as well. Next, we will create models of your dentures, which you will try on several times, and we will adjust them as needed. Once the final denture is cast, then you will try it on, and adjustments will be made accordingly until it perfectly fits within your smile.
As a great alternative to missing teeth, dentures provide a whole host of benefits, including:
If you’re missing more than a few teeth, dentures might be a great choice for you. However, if you’re hesitant to get regular dentures because you have heard that they slip around, not to worry. That’s why we at The Castleberry Center offer dentures secured in place by dental implants. Since implants are anchored within the jawbone, they are guaranteed to not slide around like traditional dentures might. Dental implants are also designed to stay in place for decades to come, so you can rest assured they won’t need to be replaced every few years like traditional dentures will. Finally, implant-retained dentures restore even more of your original bite strength, allowing you to more easily eat a healthy and varied diet.