Our Durable, Lifelike Dentures Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Dentures can replace missing teeth to improve the function and appearance of your smile. Dr. Emma Wu offers both traditional and implant-supported dentures at her North Andover MA, practice. There are several factors to consider when choosing which form of treatment would work best for you. Dr. Wu can help you choose the best option by explaining the advantages of both restoration types and planning a treatment designed for your unique needs.
Candidates for Dentures
Dentures are a versatile treatment option for patients who are missing some or all of their teeth. Patients with several damaged or decayed teeth that will require extraction and replacement may also want to consider dentures. A full denture will typically work best for patients with widespread tooth loss, while individuals missing only a few teeth can wear a partial. The traditional removable denture is a popular restorative treatment among patients who do not wish to undergo surgery for dental implants because the prosthetic offers a less invasive and less expensive treatment option. However, candidates for dental implants can experience significant advantages over traditional denture wearers.
Working with a skilled dentist such as Dr. Wu can reduce your risk of receiving dentures that slip out of place or cause discomfort.
Thanks to our advanced 3-D scanner, Dr. Wu is able to design fully customized dentures to fit each patient’s specific needs. Together with Dr. Wu, you will select the most appropriate material for your dentures, taking into consideration your comfort, your lifestyle, and your budget. The final product will be crafted from your pre-selected material and detailed to complement your facial features. We will also ensure that your dentures fit comfortably and that your bite is properly aligned. Working with a skilled dentist such as Dr. Wu can reduce your risk of receiving dentures that slip out of place or cause discomfort.
Types of Dentures
Traditional dentures are removable. They can be customized to fit comfortably in the upper or lower jaw. Full dentures are typically held in place with a dental adhesive and natural suction, whereas a partial denture is held in place by a plastic or metal piece that connects to the adjacent teeth.
Implant-supported dentures attach directly to titanium posts that are surgically embedded in your jawbone. The unique advantage of titanium is that it is a biocompatible material that fuses to bone tissue as it heals, creating a permanent replacement for lost tooth roots. Prosthodontics such as implant-supported dentures are then affixed to the implant posts for a stable and permanent restorative solution.
Though placing dental implants requires healing time and tends to cost more than traditional dentures, dental implants offer the very best stability for your dentures, allowing you to chew, smile, and speak with the utmost confidence. Implants are also the only restorative option that can prevent bone atrophy following tooth loss.
Restore Your Smile
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, Dr. Wu can help you determine whether traditional dentures or implant-supported dentures are right for you. Instead of worrying about your appearance or chewing with discomfort, you can go back to enjoying life as you eat, talk with friends, and smile with total confidence. Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wu.