Dentures: Everything You Need to Know

Dentures: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you’re coming up on old age or an avid contact sport played, the reasons for needing dentures are far-reaching; however, no matter how you spin it, a full smile is important when it comes to things like first impressions and meeting new people. If you’re missing teeth, dentures could be the perfect solution for your smile.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are removable prostheses designed to replace missing teeth. Dentures are typically recommended for people who have lost their natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. Not only do dentures help to improve your dental health, they also work to improve your appearance. If you’ve lost teeth for any reason, dentures can help to restore normal eating and speaking function. At Cornerstone Family Dentistry, our team has years of experience with providing dentures for a wide range of needs.

What Are Complete Dentures vs Partial Dentures?

When deciding on which dentures plan will work best for you, it’s important to understand the different types of dentures.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are perfect for patients who may have lost all or the majority of their teeth for whatever reason. Under complete dentures, you can find two subsets: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made after your teeth have been lost or removed and your gum tissue has already begun to heal. After a few months and five scheduled visits, Dr. Wilson and the Cornerstone team will have your complete, conventional dentures ready for placement. Immediate dentures are created for placement immediately following tooth removal. Because your gums and bones continue to shrink for some time after tooth extraction, immediate, complete dentures require more adjustments than conventional dentures.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures work perfectly for patients who still have some or many of their natural teeth. Partial dentures are designed to fill in any gaps you may have in your teeth by attaching replacement teeth to a plastic base that fits around existing teeth. Not only do partial dentures improve the appearance of your smile, they also help to prevent any further shifting or changing of position in your natural teeth.

Supplement Your Smile at Cornerstone Family Dentistry

At Cornerstone Dentistry in Middle Tennessee, our bilingual staff is dedicated to ensuring you receive the best care possible. No matter your age or background, our staff is equipped to treat your issues ranging from tooth discoloration to complete tooth extraction. Contact us today about scheduling an appointment or fill out our new patient paperwork.