Modern dentures offer security and comfort that would have been unthinkable a generation ago, but today, patients can enjoy stunningly lifelike restorations that function almost exactly like natural teeth. Joe McIntyre, DDS, Dan Whiting, DMD, and Kelsey Rockey, DDS, offer several types of dentures at their office in Bridgewater, VA. Whether you need to replace several teeth or all of them, Smiles for Life has an option to suit you. We often recommend implant-supported dentures for the most stable and realistic results possible. Our practice offers convenient payment plans that can help you budget for restored function and oral health.
Types of Dentures
When you come to us for treatment, we will explain the various types of dentures and what you can expect with each. We can provide:
Traditional full dentures: These restorations are likely what you picture when you think of dentures. This type of denture can replace the entire upper and lower dental arch. Our partner lab will create your prosthetic with a plastic base that matches the shade of your gums, and the synthetic teeth will have a natural appearance.
Traditional partial dentures: A traditional partial denture is similar to a traditional full denture, but it will only replace part of your dental arch and relies on hidden clasps that connect to your remaining healthy teeth.
Implant-supported dentures: An implant-supported denture will attach to implant posts that are surgically embedded in your jawbone. Dental implants will never allow your denture to slip out of place, and are the only restorative option that can prevent jaw atrophy following tooth loss. Implants can support both full and partial dentures.
Prettau® Bridge: This full-arch restoration is made from state-of-the-art zirconia, which is incredibly durable and will not absorb stains or odors. It will attach to five or six implant posts, and your dentist will usually attach it on the same day as your implant surgery.
The Denture Fountain of YouthTM: The Denture Fountain of YouthTM is a specially designed prosthetic that will fill in your lips and cheeks, giving you effects similar to a facelift. We can even attach your FOYTM denture to dental implants.
Whether you need to replace several teeth or all of them, Smiles for Life has an option to suit you.
Which Type of Denture Is Right for You?
The most appropriate denture will depend on your restorative goals, budget, and overall oral health. First, Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Whiting, and Dr. Rockey will consider the number of teeth you are missing. If you have lost all of your teeth, or require extraction of all remaining teeth, you are may be a candidate for full dentures. A partial will be recommended if you still have some remaining healthy teeth.
Your dentist will also evaluate your oral and physical health to determine your candidacy for implant-supported dentures. If your jawbone has started to recede, you may require a bone graft or sinus lift before you can receive implants. Periodontal disease and other oral health issues must also be resolved before moving ahead with dental implants.
Finally, your treatment team will take your budget into account. Implant-supported dentures and FOYTM dentures often cost more, but the superior comfort and function prove worthwhile for many patients. During your consultation, we can discuss payment plans that can help you budget for any features your insurance does not cover.
The Benefits of Dentures
We take care to ensure that your dentures are an excellent fit in every respect. Your restoration will not only help you look younger and healthier, but will also allow you to eat a wider range of foods and speak more clearly. With your new dentures often comes increased self-confidence, so you may feel more comfortable speaking in front of others, going out to eat, and sharing your smile with those you love.
Contact Us for More Information
Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Whiting, and Dr. Rockey are committed to finding the best solutions for their patients, taking into account your health needs, aesthetic goals, and budget considerations. To learn more about the various types of dentures and which one may be right for you, contact Smiles for Life today and schedule an appointment.