For many years now, dentures have been the go-to procedure for patients with several missing teeth. Now, however, patients have options when it comes to filling gaps in their smiles left by missing teeth, including dental implants and implant-retained dentures. Today, Fresno dentists Dr. Claudia Denes and Dr. Alex Denes want to discuss the nature of dentures and implant-retained dentures.
What are Dentures?
By definition, a denture is a removable plate or frame that houses one or more artificial teeth. A partial denture replaces one or several teeth sporadically placed on one dental arch, while a full denture replaces all of the teeth on one dental arch.
For patients looking for a conservative, affordable way to restore appearance and function to their smiles, Dr. Denes might suggest dentures. Designing your prosthetic device around your specific dental needs and facial characteristics, Dr. Denes will ensure the proper fit of your denture. Over time, it’s likely that the base of your denture—the part that adheres to your gum tissue—will need to be adjusted or replaced to ensure your comfort and proper fit and function.
What are Dental Implants?
Like dentures, dental implants replace missing teeth. Unlike dentures, however, dental implants are implanted directly into the gum tissue. Imitating the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth, dental implants have quickly become the leading tooth replacement procedure.
If you are missing most of your teeth on one or both dental arches, you’re still a candidate for dental implants. How? With implant-retained dentures. If you’re a candidate for dental implants—meaning you have healthy jawbone density, quality oral and overall health, and years of healthy living ahead of you—Dr. Denes might suggest implant-retained dentures. Using four or five strategically placed dental implants, Dr. Denes will secure your dentures, providing you with the stability needed to bite, chew, speak, and smile with renewed confidence and ease.
To find out if you’re a candidate for implant-retained dentures, call Fresno Dental Studio in Fresno, California at (559) 297-1800. We serve patients from Fresno, Sanger, Mendota, Orange Cove, Reedley, Selma, and the surrounding areas.