At Edisto Dental, Drs. Jordan and Belk and team specialize in helping patients restore comfort and functionality where there has been significant teeth loss. Whether you have suffered an accident, periodontal disease or another reason for losing teeth, we are here to provide dental implant and denture services which help you regain beautiful smiles and functionality. We offer a number of different denture treatments to best suit your needs. We invite you to contact our team today to schedule a consultation and understand which of our available dental treatments would be best for your situation.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are an option for patients who have lost a significant amount of teeth. These prosthetic replacements for missing teeth attach to the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the mouth (or oral cavity). We offer the following types of denture treatments:
- Full Dentures – These full, removable dentures are placed after all teeth have been removed and the gums have healed.
- Partial Dentures – This approach is taken when one or more natural teeth remain in either the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. The bridge is then cemented into place which restores full use of your bite while also preventing existing teeth from changing positions.
- Implant-supported Dentures – With this approach, our dentists can place one or more dental implants into the jawbone and from here, dentures can be attached securely to the implants. To learn more about dental implant treatments we provide, visit this page.
- Immediate Dentures – We provide existing denture templates that we can match to the shape of your mouth. Because the dentures are already created, a patient can come in without teeth and within the same visit find a match to restore their smile.
Maintaining Your Dentures
Unlike dental implants, dentures are temporary and over time will need to be relined due to normal wear. We recommend that our patients check in with our dentists at least once a year so that we can evaluate your mouth and any changes that could affect the fit of your dentures. Caring for your dentures will help prolong the life of your dentures. Here are a few tips to remember:
- Dentures can break easily, so when removing them try to stand over a folded towel or basin of water.
- Avoid drying out your dentures. You can keep them moist by placing them in denture cleanser solution or in water when you’re not using them. Do not use hot water, as this can alter their shape.
- Be sure to brush your dentures and gums daily – doing so will help remove food deposits and plaque and will prevent your dentures from being stained.
Drs. Jordan and Belk and the team at Edisto Dental offer effective denture and dental implant treatments for our patients. While both of these procedures offer solutions for missing teeth, the approaches differ. We will help you determine the best approach for your situation. However, to help you start to understand the differences, the following are some of the ways dentures differ from dental implants:
- Dentures require less time– this procedure is a faster process than dental implants, which is a permanent tooth replacement option. Dental implants, however, require multiple visits and several months.
- They are removable– they sit on top of the gum line and can be removed when needed. This, however, means that they often are less sturdy than other options and can slide around in the mouth. However, when the prosthetic teeth are attached using mini dental implants this creates a much more sturdy replacement.
- This approach does not stimulate jawbone growth– dentures sit on the gum line and do not help the jawbone to continue growing since there is no implant inserted into the bone. This can cause teeth alignment issues and can even change the shape of your face. Dental implants, however, stimulate the bone in the jaw by burying a titanium implant into the bone. This causes the jawbone to continue growing normally.
- Dentures can replace entire arches of teeth– this procedure is ideal for patients who have lost multiple teeth and are looking to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. Implants are generally used to replace only one tooth.
- They are less expensive– because the procedure is less invasive, quicker and not permanent; it is generally less expensive than dental implants. For more information on the cost of dentures, contact us for more details.
Orangeburg, SC’s Preferred Dentist for Denture Treatments
If you are interested in learning more about your options, contact us today and we’ll help you determine the best solution for your situation. We invite you to speak with our Edisto Dental team to schedule a consultation, where we will learn more about your specific needs. Let us be your choice for dentures in the Orangeburg area.