When you have a large number of teeth missing, sometimes dentures can be your best option. The good news is that there are a number of different options when it comes to dentures, and we offer most of them right here at Timothy Elloway DDS, Inc.
There are several different types of dentures when you need a large number of teeth replaced. Here are a few that we offer in our office:
Traditional dentures are probably the first thing that comes to a person’s mind when they think about dentures. They replace all of the teeth in a person’s mouth.
Preparing for traditional dentures involves removing any remaining teeth and letting the gums heal. This process typically takes 8-12 weeks. Once the gums have healed, we can take molds and have dentures made to fit the gums as well as possible.
Traditional dentures are not anchored to anything like you would find with a bridge or an implant supported denture. Instead, they sit on top of the gums.
If you still have a number of strong healthy teeth in your mouth, partial dentures might be the right option for you. Partial dentures work well to help patients maintain the function of their mouth and they also maintain the proper spacing of a patients’ teeth.
Unlike a full denture which is a full set of teeth, as its name describes, the partial denture is only a partial arch. Several teeth are attached where the patient is missing teeth, and the other section where the patient still has natural teeth in their mouth is usually metal that attaches around those teeth to hold the partial denture in place.
One of the newest and fastest growing types of dentures are implant supported dentures. These dentures are held in place by several dental implants that are placed in the jaw of the patient. Because the denture is attached to several anchor points, the patient doesn’t need to worry about them moving around or causing sore spots on the gum which can happen with traditional dentures.
Sometimes these implant supported dentures can be referred to as All On 4 dental implants or permanent dentures.
Dr. Elloway has extensive training in providing implant supported dentures. If you are looking for the most cost effective natural looking and feeling option for full mouth tooth replace, implant supported dentures are a great option.
If you are missing multiple teeth and are looking for a way to get your smile looking its best, one of our denture options at Timothy Elloway DDS, Inc. could be a great option for you. Give us a call today and let’s find out what your options are. We look forward to helping you be confident in your smile again!