No one should settle for a gapped or toothless smile. Despite our best efforts, life does happen to our smiles, but modern restorative services and tooth replacements can give you back your smile. Improved facial appearance, normalized biting and chewing and clearer speech result when you ask Dr. Jason Botts to craft your dentures at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.
What kind of denture is right?
A lot depends on how many teeth you're missing, how healthy the remaining teeth are, where they are, and how much bone and gum tissue you have. During a restorative dental consultation at Botts Dental Spa, your dentist will examine your mouth and evaluate the health of your remaining teeth, gums and bone.
He'll take digital X-rays to view underlying structures and possible CT scan imaging, especially if you are receiving implant-supported prosthetics. Yes, today, dentures may be anchored with state-of-the-art dental implants made of biocompatible titanium.
Also, your dentist will discuss your preferences and take oral impressions. Then, with your approval, he'll send a customized treatment plan to a trusted dental lab where a skilled denture technician will craft your beautiful replacement teeth.
Kinds of dentures
There are a wide variety of denture configurations depending on patient need and preference. Dr. Botts ensures that all his dentures are of the highest quality acrylic and that the fit and bite are perfect. A well-crafted denture delivers great aesthetics, durability and optimal oral function.
Here are the kinds of dentures offered by Bott Dental Spa in Cordova:
Partial denture: This prosthetic fills gaps left by one or more teeth in the top or bottom arch. Replacement teeth, or pontics, affix to neighboring natural teeth with metal clasps. Traditional partials are removable for ease of cleaning.
Conventional full dentures: These rest on the gums and are held in place by the mouth's natural suction. They replace an entire arch of teeth and take several dental visits and "try-ons" to achieve proper fit, comfort and bite.
Immediate dentures: This prosthetic can also replace an entire arch, but unlike their conventional counterparts, immediate dentures are placed directly after tooth extraction. This allows the patient to leave the office with a full set of teeth, and the pressure from an immediate denture actually helps extraction sites to heal more quickly. Unfortunately, however, these prosthetics must be replaced or refitted as the gums and bone shrink to their final post-extraction size and shape.
Implant-supported dentures: This type of prosthetic rests on four or more dental implants surgically inserted into the jaw bone. To qualify for these innovative dentures, the patient must be in good health and have a strong jaw bone.
Life with dentures
Medic8.com says that quality dentures last up to 10 years when relined as necessary and when gently cleansed at home. To avoid poor oral function, sore spots and denture breakdown, the patient should see Dr. Botts semi-annually for an oral examination and denture assessment.
If you would like your smile back, please contact Bott Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, for a denture consultation. Call today at (901) 737-2200.