Dentures | Akron, OH Family and Cosmetic Dentist
If you have missing teeth due to an injury, gum disease, or tooth decay, various solutions can restore your smile. At Eberhardt Dentistry, we often recommend dentures as a replacement for missing teeth because of their benefits.
Dentures, or false teeth, are prosthetic devices consisting of artificial teeth and gum tissue. Wearing dentures provide support to your facial muscles, improving your speech and appearance. The modern dentures we offer are comfortable, functional, and easy to remove for cleaning.
Types of Dentures
If you are looking to replace your missing teeth, schedule an appointment at our dental office. We’ll examine your teeth and jaws thoroughly to determine which type of denture is best for you. We’ll take an impression of your mouth, which serves as a template for creating your new dentures.
- Full Dentures: Complete dentures are false teeth covering the entire mouth. If you lost your upper teeth, lower teeth, or suffer from complete tooth loss, complete dentures can restore your teeth’ appearance and function. Unlike dental bridges, which anchor to the existing teeth, complete dentures sit on the gums.
- Partial Dentures: If you still have one or more natural and healthy teeth in your upper and lower jaw, we may recommend a removable partial denture. This appliance consists of a plate with one or more false teeth and a clasp that attaches to your healthy teeth to keep it in place. Initially, partial dentures may feel out of place in your mouth, but you will quickly become accustomed to the appliance.
Signs You May Need Dentures
Before recommending a dental extraction and denture fitting, we will examine your teeth and gums. If you have severely infected or damaged teeth or have a high risk of infection or other oral health issues, a teeth removal may be necessary.
Loose teeth may indicate the onset of gum disease. If you have periodontitis, we may have to remove the teeth to prevent damage to surrounding bones and teeth.
After teeth have been removed, various options are available to restore your smile. A denture fitting is often the best procedure for patients who suffered bone and gum loss. However, if you have healthy bones, dental implants are a viable option.
Dental implants fuse with the jawbone and serve as anchors with replacement teeth. Implant-supported replacement teeth serve as regular teeth, and you can care for them like regular teeth.
Caring for Your Dentures
Without proper daily care, plaque can form on the surface of the denture, causing bad breath and bacterial build-up on your gums. After eating, a thorough denture cleaning is necessary to remove plaque.
Rinse your dentures thoroughly and clean them using a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner. You should also brush your natural teeth, the inside of your cheeks, and your tongue. Don’t use abrasive toothpaste and cleaners, as these products can damage your denture adhesives.
Schedule an Appointment With Eberhardt Dentistry
To learn more about dentures and find out if you are a viable candidate for this prosthetic appliance, schedule an appointment with Eberhardt Dentistry in Akron, OH. We also offer routine check-ups and dental cleanings to keep your oral health in check. Give us a call today at (330) 836-5585.