Dentures & Partial Dentures
If you have missing teeth, you may experience difficulty eating and speaking, and may feel self-conscious when smiling in public. Fortunately we offer various treatment options, including full and partial dentures, for Decatur, Huntsville, and Madison, Alabama patients. Our dentists have compassion for individuals with missing teeth, and have the experience and skill necessary to restore the strength, functionality, and appearance of the smile.
Due to advances in dental materials and technology, dentures are more natural-looking and feeling than ever. Most importantly, dentures are very comfortable to wear and can function just as the natural teeth. In the past, many individuals strayed away from dentures for various reasons. However, now patients can enjoy a complete, beautiful smile without a second thought. To learn more about dentures, contact our Decatur, Huntsville, or Madison dental office today.
The first step in the process involves a one-on-one consultation with one of our dentists, during which, he will ask questions about your aesthetic and oral health concerns. Additionally, he will perform a thorough evaluation of the teeth and gums, as well as take X-rays and images. Once you decide that dentures are the best solution for your needs, the procedure will go as follows:
- Multiple impressions of the entire smile are created and measurements of the mouth are taken.
- A wax mold of the teeth is created for the patient to try on.
- The dentist will take note of the color, size, shape, and fit of the dentures.
- The dentures are created in a laboratory.
- Once the finished dentures are ready, the patient tries them on, and the dentist can make any necessary adjustments.
- The patient can leave with their new, improved smile.
We will provide the patient with instructions for properly maintaining the dentures, so they are clean and healthy for a lifetime.
Candidates for Dentures
The best way to learn whether you are a candidate for dentures is to meet with a qualified dentist like Drs. Bryant, Noel and Gravitt. Patients who have lost some of their teeth are candidates for partial dentures, and patients who have lost all of their teeth are candidates for full dentures. People may have experienced tooth loss for various reasons, including:
- Poor oral hygiene, which leads to decay and gum disease
- Trauma or injury
- Poor diet
- Tooth grinding or clenching
- Avoiding the dentist
- Genetic disorder
Benefits of Dentures
Many individuals consider replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Dentures and implants can go hand in hand. Implants can be used to anchor a denture or replace a single tooth. There are a number of benefits of dentures that one should also consider, including:
- Improve appearance
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- Restore functionality to teeth - eat and speak with ease
- Prevent gum disease, bone loss, and TMJ
- Support facial structure - avoid concave look
- Procedure is quick and simple
- Customized to fit your smile
- Eat the foods you love
- Comfortable - no sliding or moving
- Improve overall quality of life
- Enhance self-confidence
- Removable for easy maintenance
- Cost effective
Risks or Side Effects of Dentures
There are no serious risks associated with dentures, especially with the help of a talented dentist. A skillful dentist that has experience with dentures can ensure the dentures fit properly and are just right for each individual person's mouth. If dentures are ill-fitting, the patient will have trouble eating and speaking, and will be in great discomfort. Patients may need some time getting used to their new dentures. Also, it is imperative that patients take good care of their dentures to keep the mouth healthy.
Learn More about Dentures
Missing teeth can cause a number of issues for both your health and overall quality of life. We offer a comfortable and peaceful environment for achieving a healthy, beautiful smile that is suited just for you. And please remember, having custom dentures placed by our doctors is not the end of your dental experience! We recommend an annual visit to re-evaluate your dentures’ fit and your gum tissue. Your mouth constantly changes and your denture will need to be relined or remade in the future depending on how much your mouth changes. To learn more about dentures, contact our Decatur, Huntsville, or Madison office today.