At Today’s Dental, our dedicated dentists and dental care team members partner with patients of all ages to achieve and maintain healthy smiles that last a lifetime, but when serious oral health concerns like advanced tooth loss do arise, our team is here to help you repair your smile. We offer a variety of tooth replacement solutions, including partial and full dentures, and our dentist uses the latest materials to ensure a functional, beautiful smile. If you’re in need of tooth replacement, call Today’s Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation in our Dayton dental office. Our knowledgeable dentist and dental care team will examine your smile, review your restoration options, and help you to find the best tooth replacement options to fully restore your damaged smile.
To close the gaps left in your smile following the loss of several teeth, a partial denture allows us to restore a number of missing teeth on a single prosthetic. A gum colored base is crafted to fit between remaining teeth and support the replacement teeth. The partial will be held in place with clasps or other attachments that connect to surrounding teeth.
Because there are no remaining teeth to provide support, the full denture base is crafted to fit snuggly against the gum line. This tight fit creates suction that holds the denture in position replacing an entire row of missing teeth.
For the most lifelike function, you may want to consider an implant denture. This restoration option requires a greater time and financial commitment up front, but the results truly speak for themselves. Traditional dentures repair about 20% of chewing function, but implant retained prosthetics can replace 70% or more, allowing patients to eat a wider range of foods. Additionally, implant retained dentures can last for two or more decades with proper care compared with traditional dentures that need to be replaced every five to seven years.
If you decided to move forward with an implant supported denture, you can continue to brush your teeth twice a day as usual. You may want to at least rinse your mouth with water between meals but brushing your implant denture to remove food particles after you eat will help prevent damage or excessive wear. You may also want to consider using a water flosser to clear away bacteria and plaque that can accumulate between your denture and gum line. Removable dentures are a little easier to care for. You can remove them before sleep and brush them using a denture toothbrush. Then, simply store them in water or denture cleaner overnight. If you have healthy teeth remaining, continue to brush and floss these teeth as usual. If you’re fully edentulous (without teeth), you should use a quality antimicrobial mouth rinse to remove bacteria and plaque from your gums. Most importantly, you should visit us two times each year for dental checkups. We’ll examine your denture and help you maintain the optimum fit and function.