Replacing even one missing tooth is important to retain the shape and fit of the bite, speak clearly, and chew a variety of foods. When patients have lost numerous teeth, an effective restoration plan is even more important. Removable and implant-retained dentures allow our team to fully restore smiles for patients suffering from advanced tooth loss. Contact Kobza Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. Our Falls City dental team will walk you through all of your restoration options and create a personalized denture plan to flawlessly recreate your unique smile.
Both partial and full dentures use a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth as part of a single prosthetic. Partials are crafted to fit between remaining healthy teeth. The custom crafted partial denture is then snapped into place with metal clasps attached to the surrounding teeth.
The base of a full denture is shaped to fit against the gum line. When properly crafted, a snug fit creates suction that holds the full row of teeth in place. It’s important that these dentures fit properly to ensure optimal function, so don’t hesitate to contact our team to schedule a denture exam. We’ll evaluate your prosthetic and make adjustments as needed to keep you smiling.
Removable dentures restore about 20% of a person’s chewing ability. This is a dramatic improvement in dental function for someone who is missing some or all of their teeth. However, dental implant tooth replacement options restore 70% or more of natural chewing function.
The dental implant posts are inserted into the gums where they mimic the root structure of lost teeth. They fuse with the gums and supportive bone tissue, creating a natural feeling and functioning anchor for the replacement teeth. Dental implant posts also stimulate the jaw to preserve natural bone density and gum tissue volume, helping a patient retain a more youthful appearance.
Each denture is uniquely crafted to meet a specific patient’s needs, but regardless of the denture, the process is fairly similar. We begin with a consultation to discuss all of your tooth replacement options, the cost of dentures, and schedule your treatment appointments. During your initial treatment visit, we may need to remove one or more teeth, address any oral health issues like gum disease, or complete other preparatory services.
At the next visit, we’ll capture X-rays, photos, and bite impressions. We will use this diagnostic information to design a custom prosthetic that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural smile. Our denture design is then sent to a trusted lab where your custom prosthetic is crafted. Once we receive this partial or full prosthetic, you’ll return to the office to try on your denture. If it fits well, you’re all set. If for any reason the denture is not comfortable, we’ll need to send it back for adjustment. Patients who opt for dental implant-supported dentures may need to schedule one or more additional appointments in order to place the implant posts.
Patients with removable dentures will need to use a minimally abrasive toothpaste and ultra soft bristled toothbrush to clean their denture at least once each day. Additionally, the soft tissue needs to be cleaned to avoid gum disease and other oral health issues. For this, you can brush the gums or use an antimicrobial mouth rinse. Removable partial and full dentures should be stored in cold water or cleansing fluid when not in use. Fixed dentures should be brushed at least twice a day just like natural teeth. Both removable and fixed denture wearers will need to visit the dentist at least two times each year. During these visits, we’ll examine the prosthetic to ensure it still fits and functions well.