Dentures are one of the most common forms of tooth replacement. Whether you’re missing a few or all of your teeth, dentures can provide a comfortable replacement that will improve your confidence and quality of life.
When you are missing teeth, it can be difficult to chew, you may feel uncomfortable smiling, and your mouth can appear collapsed or sunken, so the state of your mouth has a fair amount of power of someone’s overall appearance, especially from the patient’s point of view. Thankfully, Kansas City, MO dentist, Dr. Anderson, DDS can fit individuals in the area with dentures to remedy any and all of these problems and get you back to a comfortable place, skyrocketing your confidence.
Kinds of Dentures
Not all dentures are the same. There are actually three kinds of dentures: full dentures, removable overdentures, and partial dentures.
Full dentures, also sometimes referred to as complete dentures, are used to replace an entire row of missing teeth. A set of full dentures are the ideal option for individuals who are missing all of their teeth. This type of denture can greatly impact the life of someone missing a whole area or row of teeth, allowing for easier chewing, talking, smiling and daily interactions.
Overdentures use posts implanted in the jaw to provide tooth replacements for individuals missing many teeth. Overdentures are usually recommended because they provide a more stable denture option while eating or speaking. Enjoying meals and conversations with colleagues or loved ones much more comfortable for those missing many teeth who opt for removable overdentures.
Partial dentures, also known as dental bridges, are another option for individuals only missing a few teeth. Partial dentures are fixed to the surrounding teeth and are permanent when the surrounding teeth are healthy enough to support the bridge. Non-permanent partial dentures can be created for individuals looking to replace a few teeth but without teeth able to support a permanent bridge.
Keeping Your Dentures in Place
One of the biggest problems individuals find with dentures is that they slide or risk falling out in the middle of the day, which is embarrassing, stressful and terribly inconvenient. Technology has come a long way, and Dr. Anderson can assist patients in solving that problem in a number of ways.
The right amount of support can prevent dentures from moving or sliding while eating or speaking. Properly supporting your dentures can stop vertical movement during the day.
When dentures are correctly fit your mouth, you shouldn’t experience slipping and sliding around. Proper stability can prevent horizontal movement of your dentures.
Retention refers to how the dentures move away from the gums. When created properly, this should not occur. Dr. Anderson can ensure your dentures form a seal in the mouth that without movement.
Have a question about dentures? Request an appointment with Dr. James Anderson, DDS at his Kansas City, MO office.