Restoring Seniors' Bright Smiles with Full & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Madison's Total Care Dental provides effective dental restoration services to improve your smile and oral health with dentures. Customized dentures are made by measuring your mouth, ensuring total comfort and functionality. Two types of dentures are available – partial and complete.
Partial Dentures vs Complete Dentures
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to replace all teeth to restore your smile and mouth function. Dentures are designed to resemble and take place of your natural teeth so there are no noticeable changes to your appearance.
Complete Dentures Improve Your Oral Health
Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth. They are used by patients who have no remaining teeth on the top and bottom of their mouth as a result of disease, aging, or trauma.
Without teeth, cheeks and lips may sink inward to a withdrawn appearance around your mouth. Speaking may also be difficult. Total Dental Care creates dentures to improve your ability to eat and speak while making your mouth look great. Complete dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth, whether for the top, bottom, or both rows of your teeth.
Reasons to get complete dentures:
- Replace all missing teeth
- Improve chewing and speech function
- Maintain a healthier mouth
- Prevent/treat problems related to TMJ disorder
- Support facial structure
- Develop a more pleasing smile
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A removable partial denture is a device used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. Replacement teeth are attached to a gum-colored plastic base held in place in the mouth by special clips or clasps. Unlike complete dentures, these are used to replace only a few teeth on the top, front, back or bottom of the mouth, similar to a dental bridge. Partial dentures offer similar benefits to complete dentures, enhancing your self-esteem and confidence.
In most cases, another tooth can be added to partial dentures when the loss of a natural tooth occurs. It is generally easier to repair partial dentures when they are broken compared to full dentures.
Types of partial dentures:
- Conventional - Have a clasp that wraps around the healthy abutment teeth to keep them secure
- Precision - A row of false teeth and gum-colored acrylic base, held with small metal clasps that attach to neighboring teeth
- Semi-precision - Held in place by mechanical interlocking components
Easy to Use Dentures from Madison Dentists
If you are missing all of your teeth, discuss the option of dental implants over-dentures with our dentists. Implant over-dentures connect to two implants surgically placed into the jaw bone. The implants keep the dentures securely in place during oral activities such as eating and talking, yet still, allow for easy removal for cleaning.
Dentures with implants and our four life changing implants are very secure when custom fit at TCD. New dentures may feel awkward or loose for the first few weeks until the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. Although this may require some practice, you will enjoy the benefits of having a full mouth of teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Partial Dentures
While dentures are mostly used to restore smiles, they can improve your overall appearance. Before getting your partial dentures made, you’ll want to address any other cosmetic issues. Our in-office whitening can make your current teeth sparkle and perfectly match the color of your new dentures.
Additional cosmetic dentistry procedures include veneers, Invisalign clear braces, and contouring.
How Do Dentures Compare to Dental Implants, Crowns, and Bridges?
Dentures are just one option for replacing missing teeth. Implants, crowns, and bridges can replace multiple teeth but differ from partial dentures since they cannot be removed once installed. If you have lost most of your adult teeth, partial and complete dentures will likely be your best choice.
Our Madison dentists will examine your mouth to determine which replacement option is best for you. Read more about alternative teeth replacement options from Total Care Dental.
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With Dentures, Age is Just a Number
It is a common misconception that only the elderly use dentures. There are many reasons people of all ages lose their teeth. Injury, disease, and genetics can cause teeth to fall out prematurely and require replacement. Car accidents and sports injuries have also led many younger individuals to get removable partial dentures. The expertly crafted dentures made by Total Care Dental will look just like your natural teeth, letting you enjoy your smile without being self-conscious.
Denture Hygiene Tips
Another common misconception about dentures is that they don’t need to be brushed. Dentures must be cleaned and cared for just like your regular teeth. This includes daily brushing, flossing and dental exams. The Madison dental team of TCD will help you properly care for your new dentures to keep your entire mouth healthy.
Dentures You Can Afford from Madison Dentists
The cost of replacing all your teeth with dentures can be daunting. TCD wants everyone to have a beautiful and healthy smile, which is why we offer many payment options for our patients.
Dentures can make an incredible difference in your life, both by improving your oral health and making eating a more enjoyable experience. Affording a new set of dentures is easy with Total Care Dental's financial plans. We accept cash, personal check, credit cards, CareCredit, Illumisure and most major insurance plans. Even if you have no dental insurance, ask about a potential 5% discount!
Common Questions About Dentures
Q: Are dentures just a cosmetic choice?
A: No, though they will improve the appearance of your mouth. Dentures restore your ability to properly chew food and speak correctly. They may also provide additional support to your face, keeping your cheeks and lips from appearing sunken in.
When you have a missing tooth, the alveolar bone where the tooth once was weakens. This eventually spreads to the bone beneath nearby, healthy teeth. This can eventually cause these teeth to also fall out.
Q: Are there different types of dentures?
A: Yes, TCD offers two main types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are used when all or almost all of the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when there are only a few missing teeth, usually in one specific area of the mouth.
The dental team of TCD in Madison will help determine which type of dentures will be best for your situation. If you are only missing one or a few teeth, veneers may be a better option for you.
Q: Do I need to visit my dentist if I have dentures?
A: Yes, at least once a year you should visit our dentists to have your dentures checked. As your gums continue to recede, we will make adjustments so your dentures continue to fit correctly. By coming in once a year, we will be able to get regular fittings.
Q: How long do dentures last?
A: When properly cared for, dentures can last over 10 years. At Total Care Dental, we can fit you with a set of full or partial dentures, custom made to comfortably fit your mouth.
Q: What is it like adjusting to dentures?
A: Having new teeth takes a lot of adjusting. Everything from eating to speaking will feel totally different. Most patients take a few weeks to feel comfortable with their new dentures. Just take things one day at a time and you’ll be used to your new dentures in no time.
One of the biggest issues will be accidentally biting your tongue or cheeks. Remember to take it slow with dentures. Practice speaking in front of a mirror, make meals with soft foods to get accustomed to chewing and remember to keep wearing them. If you take out your dentures because they are uncomfortable, you may never get used to them.
Q: How much does a full set of dentures cost?
A: A full set of midgrade quality dentures can range from $600 to $1500. A full set of premium dentures can range from $3,500 to $15,000.
Q: Should I get full or partial dentures?
A: If you are only partially missing teeth, you will likely only need partial dentures. If you are missing consecutive teeth on both the top and bottom, it is likely that you will need a full set of dentures.
Q: Can you get partial dentures for just your front teeth?
A: Yes, this is an option when deciding if you need dentures. These can be difficult to eat with, so keep that in mind when determining what type of dentures you want.
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