If you have experienced tooth loss, consider trying dentures. They are an effective way to restore your smile. Dentures can also reduce some of the unwanted side effects of tooth loss, such as facial sagging or changes in speech. We offer several types of dentures at Craig C. Callen, DDS & Associates in Mansfield. Dr. Craig Callen or Dr. Richard Nichols can recommend a type of denture best suited to your needs.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are dental appliances with prosthetic teeth that can restore your smile by replacing teeth that are missing. Several types of dentures are available to meet a wide range of needs. The two main categories of dentures are full and partial. Full or complete dentures are used when replacing a full row of teeth, while partial dentures fill in the gaps around any remaining natural teeth.
There are different types of both full and partial dentures. Transitional partial dentures are worn temporarily to give you a full smile while waiting for custom removable partial dentures to be fabricated, which are meant to be worn long term. Since they are custom made, removable partial dentures provide a better fit.
Immediate full dentures serve a similar purpose as transitional partial dentures. They are also only meant to be worn temporarily while waiting for conventional full dentures to be custom made. Conventional dentures are also referred to as traditional full dentures and can be worn long-term. Additionally, they offer a perfect fit by conforming to your mouth over time.
Another type of denture is a fixed denture or overdenture. This type of denture is held in place by dental implants and crowns. An overdenture can also be anchored in place by fitting dental crowns over existing natural teeth. The skilled dentists at our office in Mansfield can fit you for dentures that meet your individual needs.
Benefits of Dentures
Restoring your smile with dentures has several benefits. In addition to filling in gaps and replacing lost teeth, dentures can minimize the side effects of tooth loss. For example, without enough teeth to support facial muscles, the face can begin to droop and sag. Dentures can restore the natural contours of the face by providing extra support for muscles.
Speech can also be affected by tooth loss. The teeth normally guide tongue placement when speaking, but gaps in your smile can change the way you sound when talking. By filling in the gaps, dentures help improve speech.
Another benefit of dentures is that you can eat a wider variety of foods again. Plus, with biting and chewing functions more evenly distributed across a full set of teeth, there will be less strain on the remaining natural teeth since they no longer have to compensate for missing ones.
If you are losing teeth, dentures could provide the solution you need. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Callen or Dr. Nichols to learn more about dentures by calling Craig C. Callen, DDS & Associates in Mansfield at (419) 756-0188.