If you are missing teeth, chewing your food properly may not be your only problem. Other issues that arise in edentulous mouths are speech problems and aesthetic issues. After a careful evaluation of your dental history and current situation, Dr. Quigless may recommend dentures as the best option for restoring your smile and oral function.
Dentures have been in use since ancient times. Fortunately, the advances in dental technology in the 21st Century allow Dr. Quigless to create high quality, porcelain dentures that look completely natural. Nobody will know you are wearing dentures unless you tell them. All they will see is your winning smile.
Considerations for Dentures
You may be a good candidate for dentures if you have the following problems:
- Missing teeth
- Diseased teeth
- Damaged teeth
If your diseased or damaged teeth cannot be corrected with other treatment options like dental implants, porcelain crowns, or dental bonding, dentures might be the best option for you.
Damaged or diseased teeth may need to be extracted in order to fit your dentures correctly. If you are only missing some teeth and the remaining ones are healthy enough, you may be fitted with a partial denture that uses those teeth to help anchor the dentures in your mouth. The dentures are not fitted until you are mostly recovered from any necessary tooth extractions.
Types of Dentures
Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Quigless will fit you for one of the following types of dentures:
- Standard dentures are the typical full set of upper and lower dentures commonly seen. The top part relies on suction to remain in place and press tightly against the roof of the mouth and the maxillary bone.
- Immediate dentures are temporary dentures that may be used as a prophylactic for pain immediately following tooth extraction. They supply support for the gums as they heal and help reduce pain.
- Cu-Sil dentures are built around one or more stable teeth, which are used to help anchor the appliance.
- Over dentures are fitted over the tops of stumped or broken teeth and are less common today.
- Implant assisted dentures are anchored by dental implants, which are tooth root replacements. These provide much greater stability over the standard denture.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer you many benefits that are similar to other tooth restoration processes. Some of the benefits include:
- They improve your aesthetic appearance by providing support for your cheeks and other facial features, not to mention your brighter and whiter smile.
- They help with speech issues that may occur in an edentulous mouth.
- They help you chew your food just as you did when you had a full set of natural, healthy teeth.
- They improve your self-image and provide you with additional confidence when speaking to people.
If you think you might be a good candidate for dentures, please contact St. Louis cosmetic dentist, Dr. Quigless today to schedule an initial consultation.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144