Dentures. They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to, and that’s a good thing! The dentures of yesteryear were uncomfortable, unnatural, and unattractive. But thanks to the advances in modern dental technology and aesthetics, dentures today can be as beautiful as natural, healthy teeth. At Lovell Dental, Dr. Lance Anderson provides a variety of options for his patients who require dentures.
Dentures have long been used to replace multiple missing teeth, and they have traditionally been removable for cleaning and disinfecting. Conventional full dentures are still available for people who need all of their teeth replaced. Dr. Anderson works with a local dental lab that fabricates full dentures that are custom-fitted and designed to look natural in the mouth and within the shape of a patient’s face. Moreover, our dentures won’t only look natural to other people, they will feel natural for the patient as well.
When a patient has one or more natural teeth remaining in their upper or lower jaw, a partial denture or fixed bridge can replace any missing teeth. Besides filling the space of the missing teeth, partial dentures and bridges also prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of position.
A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base designed to look like natural gums. Alternatively, a fixed bridge replaces one or more missing teeth by using the natural teeth on either side as anchors. These anchors are outfitted with crowns, and artificial teeth are attached to them. The entire bridge is then cemented into place for a secure fit and a more natural appearance.
A popular alternative to dentures is dental implants. Like dentures, implants can restore your smile’s appearance. Unlike dentures, however, implants offer the added advantage of stimulating the jawbone to help prevent bone loss and maintain your facial features. Some dentists send their patients to a specialist—a prosthodontist—to get dental implants. But, because Dr. Anderson has taken the time and effort to make this treatment part of his professional services, you can get the exact same quality of care without having to drive hours to see an outside specialist.
Dental implants are appropriate for one missing tooth or several. For one tooth, Dr. Anderson will place a small titanium post into the socket of the missing tooth. This implant is then given time to heal and bond to the jawbone. Once it has healed, an abutment is secured to the post, and this holds your custom designed crown restoration in place.
All-on-4® is a one-day treatment for patients who need to replace all of the teeth on their upper or lower arch. With the All-on-4® procedure, Dr. Anderson strategically positions four implants within the jaw that can secure a full restoration. The implants used with All-on-4® are somewhat longer than traditional ones and are positioned at an angle in the jawbone for increased support.
If you experience an emergency with your dentures, rest assured, Dr. Anderson treats these no differently than an emergency with natural teeth. These emergencies may include dentures that break or wear down, thereby becoming misaligned. When this happens, a person’s ability to eat and talk may be severely compromised. Thus, broken dentures can present a genuine emergency. Don’t wait to call Dr. Anderson if you have a denture emergency-- he is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week for all dental and denture emergencies.