An important step in maintaining a healthy smile is to replace missing teeth and dentures are often a solution. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drift into the surrounding space, and possibly damage tissue in the mouth. In addition, it may be difficult to clean thoroughly between malpositioned teeth. As a result, you run the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to the loss of additional teeth.
A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. A denture helps you to properly chew food and may improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks. Patients may find that dentures help them chew more easily and speak more clearly.
Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth in appearance and function, containing a flesh-like acrylic base that fits over your gums. The upper denture contains a base that covers the roof of your mouth and the lower denture is constructed to accommodate the tongue. Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has experience customizing dentures to meet the unique needs of each patient’s mouth and ensures a fit that is secure and comfortable. As with any new appliance entering the mouth, the dentures will take some adjusting as you get used to eating and speaking with them.
Flexible Partial Dentures
Flexible partial dentures are used when there are some healthy teeth remaining and complete dentures are unnecessary. These types of dentures adapt to the movements of the mouth and are custom-made to meet the exact specifications of your mouth. Flexible dentures also blend in with the tissue in your mouth so that they appear more natural.
Alternatives to Dentures
Sometimes the condition of your mouth may dictate that other options are more favorable than dentures. Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD may recommend dental implants as they are more permanent solutions that are surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Dental implants are more expensive but more closely resemble real teeth. In addition they help to restore the jaw bone due to the integration process the implant has with your jaw.
To learn more about dentures and partials in Denver contact our office for more information. Your consultation with Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD will reveal the best options for your tooth replacement and oral health needs.
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has completed extensive dentistry training in advanced dental techniques and typically completes 100-150 hours of dental continuing education classes yearly. This is six times more than most state's licensing requirement.