Missing teeth can make your cheeks look hollow and your mouth look sunken. More importantly, your diet can suffer. Those missing multiple teeth in a row may want to consider dentures for both cosmetic purposes and overall wellness. Depending on the amount of teeth missing, we may suggest partial or full dentures. During your consultation, we’ll assess all your options and you can choose what you feel most comfortable with. At your consultation, Dr. Wallace will evaluate your remaining bone structure and soft tissue to determine how to fabricate the best fitting denture for your situation. Many patients and even dentists don’t understand that not all dentures are the same. Proper fitting dentures require a sensitive fabrication technique and a skilled lab technician. After your dentures are fabricated, Dr. Wallace will also spend time guiding you through the learning curve required to use them in function during day to day activities.
Partial dentures are ideal for those who are missing only a few teeth in a row. They latch onto the remaining gum line and any intact adjacent teeth. Even if you only have one tooth on your dental arch, a partial denture may still work best, since the remaining tooth serves as a natural anchor. We offer several different types of partial dentures but Dr. Wallace prefers to use a material with a flexible base. This material allows for a denture to be fabricated that is virtually esthetically undetectable and also allows for greater patient comfort. However, in some cases, a metal framework is ideal to allow for adequate rigidity and retention of your partial denture.
When your dental arch no longer has any teeth, a complete denture is the optimal solution. Dr. Wallace spent years learning ideal denture fabrication techniques from his father who is a board certified prosthodontist. If you think you are ready for a complete denture, give us a call to schedule an appointment. Dr. Wallace will evaluate your soft tissue as well as your remaining bone structure to determine the best design and fabrication method to fit you with a denture that will provide maximum stability.
Both partial and complete dentures may be stabilized through the use of 1 or more dental implants. Without additional support, many people find that even the most expertly fabricated denture will move during function. Implant overdentures are a great solution to this problem. If your goal is to regain lost function, many times your existing denture can even be retrofitted to attach to implants!