Partial & Complete Dentures in Hickory, NC
Dentures are prosthetic teeth constructed to replace missing teeth, which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch. Partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. Complete dentures or full dentures are worn in patients who are missing all their teeth in an arch (i.e the maxillary or mandibular arch). It is important to know that dentures are not a replacement for teeth, but a replacement for those with no teeth.
Why Choose Dentures?
People typically choose dentures when their teeth have become not strong enough to comfortably eat, or when they have lost teeth over time. The main causes for this tooth loss are tooth decay and periodontal disease or a combination of both. When the teeth get to a point where they are no longer salvageable, dentures are an excellent option for patients, as dental implants can be costly.
Fitting Your Dentures
If you are not satisfied with the look or fit of your dentures, you can visit the office for a consultation. We can fabricate precision partial dentures and dentures/ partials without metal clips that are visible at an affordable price. We can also fabricate implant supported dentures which are comfortable and can help a patient to chew and smile comfortably without embarrassment.
Caring for you New Dentures
Dentures should be treated the same as natural teeth and should be cleaned daily using a special toothbrush that is specifically designed to clean dentures. There are also solutions available for your dentures to soak in overnight. Speaking of overnight, you should never sleep with dentures, your mouth becomes dry as you sleep, and dentures need to need to always stay moist. Lastly, be sure to continue brushing your gums every night and morning to keep your gum-line healthy.