Dentures Serving Cincinnati, OH
Dentures are a time-tested solution to missing teeth, popular with historical figures from Founding Fathers to Roman elites. With today’s advanced dental techniques, there are more permanent and natural-looking solutions, such as dental implants and bridges, but many patients still prefer the cost-effectiveness and relative convenience of dentures.
Although dentures are a simple concept, it is important to trust your artificial teeth to an experienced dentist who can ensure your customized dentures will fit well, be comfortable and last many years. A trusted dentist can also guide you in choosing among several options for your dentures.
Types of Dentures
When your dentures are meant to replace a full set of teeth, your appliance will be a single arch that is referred to as a complete set of dentures. It rests on your gums and is removable for eating, cleaning, sleeping or vigorous physical activity. Partial dentures are popular with patients who retain many of their natural teeth. This type of appliance is more stable, as they are attached to existing teeth.
Implant-Supported Denture Options
Partial dentures can also be anchored by crowns on adjacent teeth or dental implants, strong titanium-rooted artificial teeth that are surgically implanted in the mouth. Using as few as four implants, patients can secure partial dentures, a bridge or a specific type of bridge known as All-on-Four. An additional option is to replace each missing tooth with a dental implant, but this can be expensive, and requires a significant investment of time in the process.
Many patients especially prefer implants for the lower jaw, where dentures or bridges are less stable, as they must leave room for the tongue. And because implants are deeply rooted in the jaw, they also perform the same essential function as the roots of natural teeth: stimulating the jaw bone. Without this type of natural stimulation, the bone will lose strength and volume, which will affect the shape of your facial profile. This is why some seniors may look older than their age: bone loss in the jaw creates the appearance of a weak chin, hollow cheeks, sunken mouth and attenuated facial profile.
Denture Placement Process
When you choose dentures, Dr. Pearce will schedule several appointments to take measurements in your mouth, create your customized dentures and ensure you are satisfied with the fit. An impression of your teeth will be made from a mold that you will bite into, and this is used to create not only your final set of dentures, but also a model of your teeth and a set of temporary wax dentures that you will wear to gauge the fit and comfort level of your permanent set.
Once your dentures are fabricated, Dr. Pearce will take the time to ensure you are completely satisfied with their look and feel. After all adjustments have been made, you will have a complete set of teeth — and a new sense of freedom and confidence.
To learn more about dentures, schedule an appointment with experienced southwestern Ohio dentist Dr. Troy Pearce by contacting his Cincinnati office today.