Many patients want to know if there are any suitable alternatives to dentures. At Advanced Dental Center of Florence, we want patients to know that dentures are not the only method to help restore missing or damaged natural teeth. In some cases, the alternatives to dentures may actually be preferred for a number of physical and emotional reasons.
When are dentures not the best choice?
1) Jawbone structure is not sufficient.
When a person has had missing teeth for some time, the bony ridge in the jaw area may have shrunken so much that there is no longer a gum ridge to fit a removable denture onto. This can also happen to long term denture wearers as the jaw bone goes through the process of resorption. In such cases, denture implants may be more suitable.
Denture implants involve surgically implanting a titanium rod directly into the boney ridge, leaving just the top of the rod above the gum line. Titanium is the metal of choice because bone tissue readily grows into it, bonding itself to the rod and making for a very secure mount. Since the gums are given time to heal, there is no swelling and denture teeth can then be mounted to the posts at the correct height.
2) Teeth are not completely lost.
When teeth are damaged, but still in good enough shape to be left in the mouth, then other denture alternatives may be quite beneficial. Porcelain veneers can help with stained, chipped, worn or fractured teeth. A porcelain veneer can also restore the cosmetic look of the tooth and add another layer of strength. These veneers are shell-thin slices of porcelain that have been shaped to exactly fit the natural tooth. The veneer will be bonded, or cemented, to the front of the tooth, offering a pleasing facade. Veneers are only used on teeth in the front of the mouth.
3) Other options may be more beneficial.
Devices like crowns and dental bridges may be other appropriate alternatives for standard dentures. A crown is a cap that fits over a tooth in order to repair a crack, a break or significant damage. A bridge is similar to a partial denture, but it is mounted with cementing between natural teeth. Because they are firmly attached, bridges feel more like natural teeth than dentures.
Come Meet the Wonderful Staff Advanced Dental Center Of Florence
Here at Advanced Dental Center of Florence, we offer a full range of dental procedures to the Florence, SC community we serve. Dentures are only one of the exceptional services we offer to help patients with missing or damaged teeth. Still have questions about dentures, the benefits or financing options? Please feel free to peruse the rest of our dentures website or call one of our helpful staff members today. We would love to help you on the path to better dental wellness with dentures. Come see us today to get started! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment Today is a great day to restore your smile and your self-confidence with dentures.