Get the full scoop on dental treatments like dentures, prostheses, and crowns with this comprehensive guide on what each one entails and how they can help you!
Dental prostheses, dentures, and crowns all offer solutions for missing teeth. They can improve the look and feel of existing smiles! With this guide, you will learn more about the types of dentures and their treatment. You’ll also learn how they work, and when they are most effective. From traditional dentures to implant-supported prosthesis, find out what would best suit your needs! You can also schedule a consultation with Higginbotham Family Dental. An HFD dental team will walk you through the different procedures and payment options for each, as well as determine which treatment may be best for you!
Removable and Partial Dentures
Sometimes referred to as a ‘flipper,’ partials are a type of denture used when only some teeth need replacement. A removable partial denture has a metal or acrylic base that fits into the area where a tooth is missing. It has replacement teeth attached to the base. The removable partial denture clicks and clasps itself into place. This offers more stability and better bite compared to full dentures. It’s generally best to save as many natural teeth as possible, and care for them as long as possible. This is the best way to preserve the quality of life of the patient. Partial dentures allow for this kind of care, so that patients may eat and speak with most of their real teeth!
Out of all the different types of dentures, implant-supported dentures offer a more permanent solution than removable partial dentures. Implant dentures provide the highest quality of life compared to other tooth replacements. They require the placement of two or more dental implants into the jawbone.
These titanium posts are precisely placed and support a custom-made denture that offers more stability. Improved aesthetics and better biting pressure are other bonuses! Implant-supported dentures are also less prone to slipping when eating or speaking.
If you’re still curious about Implant Dentures, check out Higginbotham Family Dental’s Dental Implant Services page. Here you’ll find information on the cost of dentures, what to expect, and how to know if implant dentures are right for you.
Complete or full dentures are the most comprehensive treatment for those who have lost all of their natural teeth. A full denture set consists of upper and lower removable dental plates. These are custom-made to fit your mouth. Full dentures will improve your ability to chew and speak properly, as well as give you more confidence in your appearance by restoring missing teeth. Your dentist will make sure that the right material is used for the denture so that it looks natural, fits securely, and is comfortable for you to wear.
Fixed Bridge Prosthesis (Crowns)
A fixed bridge prosthesis, also known as a dental crown, is a great option for those who have lost some of their teeth but not all of them. Unlike dentures, which are fully removable, a crown fits securely over remaining natural teeth or implant posts to replace missing teeth. Its anchored in place with dental cement and just like natural teeth, can only be removed by your dentist. It offers support to the surrounding teeth while providing a beautiful restorative solution. Plus it’s more comfortable since it won’t move around like dentures can!
Lingual retainers, or overdentures, are a hybrid of dentures and crowns. They’re ideal for those who need to replace all of their remaining natural teeth but don’t want to go with a full denture. Like a fixed bridge, the retainers fit securely over existing healthy teeth and use them as anchors for support. The advantage of this dental treatment is that it allows for more mobility than with traditional bridges and doesn’t require as much bulkiness in the mouth. Additionally, they’re easy to clean and maintain compared to other solutions.