Rebuild Your Smile with Dentures
Lost teeth can result in physical discomfort and feelings of self-consciousness when speaking, eating, or interacting with others. If you are missing teeth, dentures can restore your smile and your self-confidence. Whether you need to replace a few teeth or an entire arch, Dr. Joe Jeppson can design a custom restoration plan incorporating either partial or full dentures. He will also guide you in deciding if traditional or implant-supported dentures are right for you, depending on your lifestyle and budget. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeppson and learn more about the types of dentures we offer at our Provo, UT dental practice.
Partial vs. Full Dentures
Partial dentures, also called dental bridges, consist of prosthetic teeth attached to a plastic base. They can be supported by dental implants or adjacent dental crowns. They can also attach to nearby teeth using wires. Partial dentures can be fixed or removable.
Traditional vs. Implant-supported Dentures
Traditional dentures rest on the gums, secured with a mild adhesive. Implant-supported dentures connect to implants surgically embedded in the jaw bone. Both types of dentures restore form and function to your smile. However, implant-supported dentures offer unique benefits. After placement, dental implants fuse with bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw will begin to atrophy (shrink), but dental implants can halt this process. In fact, implants are the only solution that can stop or prevent jaw atrophy and preserve the strength of the jaw. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. They also provide virtually the same level of stability as tooth roots.
The Benefits of Dentures
Dentures provide a wealth of benefits, including boosted self-confidence. Our dentures are custom-crafted to provide an extremely natural-looking aesthetic that improves the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth cause the cheeks to sink inward, while dentures restore form to your facial structure.
Dentures can also improve your oral health and your overall health:
- Patients with missing teeth are often unable to eat certain foods, which can compromise their nutrition. Dentures restore your ability to bite and chew comfortably. This is especially true of implant-supported dentures, which allow you to eat all the chewy, crunchy, or tough foods you love without worrying that your restorations will slip out of place.
- Missing teeth can also result in excessive strain on the jaw, which can lead to the development of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This condition presents symptoms such as facial pain and headaches.
- Missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment. Misaligned teeth are also more difficult to clean, which can put you at a greater risk for gum disease and cavities.
By replacing your teeth with dentures, you are investing in your health, your confidence, and your quality of life.
Are Dentures Right For Me?
If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about dentures, contact our office to learn more about our many restorative options. During your consultation, Dr. Jeppson will perform a comprehensive exam to determine which type of dentures is best for you.