Full and partial dentures are dental restorations that benefit patients with missing teeth. Full dentures are used when all of the person’s teeth are missing. When only several teeth are missing, a partial denture is used. Dr. Paul Cavanaugh offers different types of dentures in his Colorado Springs, CO dental office for patient’s convenience. Receiving a denture can prevent overcrowded teeth, facial sagging, tooth decay, and a whole array of dental problems that can occur due to missing teeth.
Common Types of Dentures
Removable and implant-secured dentures offer different benefits to patients:
Removable dentures are designed to fit the grooves of the mouth. They are crafted to resemble your natural teeth and are typically able to function in your mouth for many years. This type of restoration just replaces the visible portion of the tooth, which does address issues like jaw bone deterioration. Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend a full or partial removable denture.
Securing a denture with implants helps as extra needed stability and strength that can’t be achieved with a removable denture. Dental implants help stimulate the jaw, which helps reduce the risk of bone loss. We will recommend implant secured dentures for patients missing a full or partial arch of teeth. Dental implants act as an extra layer of support for your dentures, allowing you to chew, speak, and laugh without the worry of slippage. Using dental implants to secure dentures minimizes gum irritation, does not require diet restrictions and provides stability and comfort.
Treatment with Dentures
Dr. Cavanaugh will work with an oral surgeon to place dental implant-secured dentures. Implants require 3-6 months to fuse into the jaw bone fully. The number of implants needed to secure your denture will depend on the type of denture needed to give you the best results. This could be anywhere from two to eight implants.
Once your implants are surgically placed, they will need at least three to six months to heal and completely fuse with the surrounding bone. During the healing process, your surgeon may place a temporary denture. Once the implants have fully healed, a custom-designed denture is crafted to blend seamlessly with your natural smile. With custom dentures, patients can smile confidently again.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Office
Dr. Cavanaugh and his experienced dental team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the denture process. You can call us at 719-204-1602 or request a consultation with our dentists on our website.