Traditional Tooth Replacement
Dentures are an affordable way to replace any number of missing teeth in your mouth. They have a long history of success and continue to earn a place in the list of options for rebuilding your smile.
Dentures are removable substitutes for missing teeth. Full dentures are used when a person is missing all their natural teeth, while partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth here or there to eliminate gaps and improve chewing. Denture treatment is customized specifically to each patient, and Dr. Blake Adams can help you decide which option works best for you.
Full Dentures (Conventional and Implant Supported)
Sometimes tooth decay or gum disease can become unmanageable. This may lead to the decision to remove your remaining teeth on one or both arches. Full dentures are an economical and efficient way to restore your function and smile.
A complete denture consists of a thin gum-colored acrylic base that rests on the gum tissue. Porcelain or acrylic replacement teeth built into the base give the appearance of natural teeth. We know that your smile is unique, and our team will help you select the teeth that will look the most natural. This also gives you the chance to customize the way you look; whether you want a “new” smile or want to recreate the one you had.
While dentures boast a long history of successful use, modern technology offers some options to enhance the way dentures fit and the way you look. In many cases, dentures can be secured more firmly to your jaw with the use of dental implants placed in the jaw. In addition to having greater retention and a more natural look, implant-supported dentures tend to last longer. Dr. Blake Adams can discuss these options and help you understand the ways they can improve your experience with dentures.
A Smarter Denture
Restoring your smile with dentures just got easier! At Foothills Family Dentistry, we create dentures completely digitally from start to finish.
Benefits of Digital Dentures:
- Fit precisely
- Fast-turnaround time
- Fewer appointments
- Quick replacements
The Digital Denture Process
We start the digital denture process by taking a digital scan of your mouth. We will then design your dentures using software, allowing for complete customization. This advanced software will create a denture that fits in your mouth comfortably, has an ideal bite, and looks amazing.
Digital dentures are made out of hard, cured resin, which will not distort over time. If you can provide us with a picture of what your teeth used to look like, we can craft a denture to match your natural smile. However, if you would like your new smile to look different than your original smile, we can also customize your dentures to your specific desires.
Digital dentures are typically made in just two appointments. Unlike traditional dentures which can take a month to make, digital dentures can be ready in as little as 1-2 weeks. If you ever lose or damage your denture, we can create a new one in just a few days.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this procedure safe?
The technology for this procedure continues to advance and had made it extremely safe. This is considered not only safe but one of the most reliable ways to replace a tooth.
How long will the tooth replacement process take?
This process will likely happen with 2 phases. This will be spread out over a three to nine-month period. It could take longer if you start with an extraction that needs to heal. In some cases, you may even need bone grafts.
Is this tooth replacement method painful?
This option is actually relatively painless. During the process, the dentist will give you an anesthetic. This will make sure you don’t feel any pain. After it’s done you’ll be prescribed antibiotics and possibly some pain medication. You’ll most likely only deal with minimal discomfort.
What foods can you eat after the surgery?
After your surgery, for the next 2 days, you’ll need to eat soft foods and liquids only. Things like milkshakes, yogurt, smooth soups, and mashed potatoes. On your 3rd day of healing, you can then begin eating foods that require minimal chewing. For example, cooked noodles, macaroni and cheese, and soft sandwiches. During these days avoid crunch or tough foods like rice, pizza, and popcorn. Also, stay away from spicy foods and anything acidic. After about 7 days of your dental implant surgery, you can go back to your regular diet.