Traditional and Implant-supported Dentures Can Restore Your Smile
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, Drs. Michael Appleton and Christopher Braud can provide you with dentures at their Slidell practice to restore the beauty and function of your smile. Patients can enjoy dentures custom-crafted with state-of-the-art technology for an incredibly comfortable fit and natural appearance. We offer several denture types, including implant-supported dentures, to meet your specific needs. To learn more about our denture options, schedule an appointment at Oak Harbor Family Dentistry today.
Traditional Full and Partial Dentures
Traditional dentures are removable restorations that rest on the gums, held in place with a mild adhesive. Full dentures can replace your upper dental arch, lower dental arch, or both.
Partial dentures, also called bridges, are a good alternative when you have some remaining healthy teeth. Most often, partial dentures are held in place with small metal clasps that connect to the adjacent teeth. If you are looking for a more subtle and lifelike option, you may want to consider precision attachment partial dentures, which are held in place using sturdy, interlocking components.
Implant-retained full and partial dentures are widely considered to be the most stable and lifelike restorations available. To place these dentures, the doctor will surgically embed dental implant posts into your jawbone. Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace tooth roots, becoming permanently fused to the jaw to provide the ultimate anchor for restorations. Traditional implants require two surgeries, with three to six months of healing time in between.
In the months following your surgery, the implant posts will fuse to your jawbone and your gums will heal around the posts. When the healing process is complete, your dentist will attach the restoration in one of a few ways. The dentures may slide onto a bar that runs along the length of your dental arch, or your restorations may snap directly onto your implant posts. No matter which placement method you and your dentist select, you can enjoy a full set of teeth that are highly stable, and will not slip when eating or speaking. This treatment also halts the atrophy of the jaw bone that takes place in the absence of tooth roots.
Many of our patients can benefit from the All-on-4® method of placing and restoring implants in a single office visit. With this technique, four mini implant posts are placed at angle into the jaw, and are immediately ready to support your dentures. If you have waited to address missing teeth, you may have experienced some loss of jaw bone mass. In this case, traditional implants might require a bone graft, but All-on-4® implants require less bone mass, and a bone graft may not be necessary. Dr. Appleton can help you decide which option is best for you.
If you have remaining teeth that cannot be salvaged with a root canal, crown, or other solution, Dr. Appleton can perform the necessary tooth extractions to prepare you for your dentures. In fact, if you choose the All-on-4® method, the tooth extraction, implant placement, and restoration can be carried out in a single visit.
Restore Your Smile with Custom Dentures
Don't suffer any longer with a compromised smile. Contact us today to learn about how dentures can restore your smile and your quality of life.