In our office, we do dentures, although we do much less of them these days because of the fact that people are more attuned to keeping their teeth. We don't see that as much anymore. However, we still see it some. We are able to do dentures. We do them, sometimes, the same day if a patient has teeth extracted, we'll have that setup so that the denture is available the same day. Sometimes they'll come in with existing worn down dentures, and we'll go through the process of carefully making the dentures. It's a five-step procedure. If we do each step carefully and properly, it takes a little time. In the end, they have a denture that fits good and looks good. Our patients have been very happy with that.
With the dentures, occasionally too, some patients will have us place implants underneath the denture. Therefore, instead of a denture that might shift around a little bit, with the implants placed underneath, the denture then snaps into place. It's much much more stable. That's a new improved version of dentures that we do offer in our practice.
While we work with a partner periodontist to perform many of our tooth replacement options, we place dentures within the comfort of our Burke, VA, office. Dentures can be an excellent way to replace missing teeth and return your smile, which has been tarnished by lost teeth, back to its former glory. The days of having loose dentures that affect the food you can eat are over when you have your dentures placed at Fox Family Dentistry! The types of dentures we offer include implant-retained dentures, implant-supported dentures, and traditional full and partial dentures. Dr. Fox and our experienced staff will give you the smile that you desire at Fox Family Dentistry!
Implant-Retained Dentures To Restore Your Smile
Implant-retained dentures have changed the way that dentures are placed. Traditional types of dentures are held in place by adhesives that may slip and cause the dentures to move around when eating or talking. Implant-retained dentures use a ball system that your dentures will snap onto to be held into place. With implant-retained dentures, the pressure that comes with biting down on something is transferred to your implants and gums rather than to the gums alone, as removable dentures do. These type of dentures can be removed as needed but do an excellent job at staying in place when talking and chewing!
Implant-supported dentures are a non-removable type of denture that is firmly attached to your implants using a bar beneath the dentures. When you bite down, all of the force will be transferred to the implants instead of the gums. Having the force on the implant instead of the gums makes for healthier gums that don’t suffer from the wear and tear from pressure applied to them every day. The fact that they firmly attach to your implants means that they have no room to move and cause problems when chewing and talking.
Full Removable Dentures
We also offer the more traditional full removable dentures that can be placed when you have lost all of your teeth in one or both arches. One of the benefits of having removable dentures is that they are easy to clean. You can remove them and clean them outside of your mouth until they are are perfectly clean. They will also improve your smile’s look as well as its functionality to give you the smile you need!
Partial dentures, or dental bridges, are used when there are one or more natural teeth remaining to the point where a full set of dentures will not be necessary. The beauty of offering partial dentures is that we can fill in the gaps, big or small, with great looking replacement teeth! Some partial dentures are made up of false teeth and held in place by crowns that fit over teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth. Other partial dentures have a plastic gum material at the base of the false teeth and are held in place by a metal framework to ensure they don’t move during your daily routine. The goal of all our denture options is to replace your missing teeth while at the same time not being distracting to you because they aren’t held securely in place.