Missing teeth can cause serious problems. The newly created gaps can ruin the look of a smile, and tasks like chewing and speaking can become extraordinarily difficult. Moreover, if the problem is not treated in a timely manner, it can lead to even more serious issues. These include unwanted tooth shifts, bite imbalances, facial structure loss and jawbone deterioration. For those reasons, we strongly encourage patients to replace any missing teeth as quickly as possible.
At Fairfield Smiles, we fully understand the seriousness of tooth loss and the challenges that it presents. That is why we take great pride in providing natural-looking dentures that are designed to restore the appearance and function of missing teeth. Dentures consist of prosthetic teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. They are worn inside the mouth, and they can either be permanently attached or removable. Most patients find that dentures are comfortable and that they function similarly to natural teeth.
Fairfield Smiles offers options for fixed dentures, denture stabilization implants, and traditional dentures. Our experts can help you determine the best denture for your needs.
Fixed dentures are permanently secured in the mouth using titanium implants that are surgically placed in the jawbone. After fixed dentures have been applied, they can never be removed except through oral surgery. In a sense, they are the patient’s new, permanent teeth. With the dental implants keeping them in place, the fixed dentures should never fall out or come loose. They feel remarkably natural, and many patients report that they cannot differentiate their fixed dentures from their original teeth. Plus, the titanium implants will begin to fuse with the jawbone over time preventing bone deterioration. This makes them one of the best tooth-replacement options available. If cared for properly, fixed dentures should remain intact for a lifetime.
Denture Stabilization Implants
Removable dentures can be supported using denture stabilization implants. These are titanium metal implants that are surgically inserted into the jawbone in a minimally invasive procedure. Since these implants provide the same functions as natural tooth roots, the dentures remain secure and steady at all times. This also helps the dentures feel almost indistinguishable from regular teeth. Many patients like the fact that the dentures are removable for cleaning purposes. Then when it’s time for regular use, they can quickly be re-inserted. The removable dentures should last for about ten years before requiring replacement.
Traditional dentures work by tightly bracing around the user’s remaining jawbone and dental arch gum tissue. Since these dentures are custom-made using the highest-quality materials available, they look like natural teeth. They also provide outstanding functionality. These dentures can be taken out of the mouth at any time for cleaning and then re-inserted for general use.
Fairfield Smiles can help restore your smile with natural-looking dentures. A visit to our practice will allow us to determine which denture option is best for you. Please call us at 203-423-3833 to schedule an appointment.