You have lots of options when it comes to improving the health, comfort, and beauty of your teeth, so it is important to know which procedures and materials are best for your specific needs. Let’s talk about what it would mean to replace one, several, or all of your natural teeth with dentures or dental implants.
When people talk about "having dentures," they are most likely referring to complete, conventional, or immediate dentures. All of these terms are used to describe dentures that replace all of your teeth.
If you've lost all or most of your natural teeth and need to have them replaced with artificial teeth, it makes the most sense to choose complete dentures. This may mean removing the few natural teeth you have left, but don’t worry! This procedure can be done quickly and comfortably and will allow the new teeth to fit properly and seamlessly over your gums.
Once you get used to wearing your new complete dentures you'll find that you are able to eat and talk completely normally. Your appearance is important, and you’ll be happy to know that complete dentures also look natural and fill out your facial features. Dentures can give you back the confidence you might have lost while you were losing your teeth, and they make your smile look bright and youthful again. They are easy to care for, and if you clean them and come in regularly for checkups, they will last you a very long time.
Dental Implants and Mini Dental Implants
If you'd like something a little more stable and permanent, or if you need to have only a few teeth replaced, you might choose dental implants instead of dentures. Implants are surgically placed; they fuse to the jawbone under the gum line and, because they are more secure, can feel more natural and comfortable than removable dentures. If you have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implants, this might be the solution for you.
Mini dental implants are a smaller and less invasive version of regular dental implants. They can be used to replace one or a few teeth, and they do not require surgery. These implants fit into the existing structure in your mouth and can be fitted quickly—they require up to 80% less time than conventional implants.
Whichever of these options you choose, you should know that they all work extremely well, leave you with a natural-looking smile, and help to improve your overall confidence and beauty.
If you're interested in learning more about dentures, or you'd just like to consult with Dr. Kaplansky about your options, please give us a call. You’ll never know how great a renewed, healthy smile can look and feel until you take the first step!