Eastpointe Family Dental Center
General & Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Eastpointe, MI
When you’re missing multiple teeth, you can’t bite, chew, or speak properly, your face sags and ages, and your remaining teeth and jawbone begin to degrade. Dentures are a fast, affordable way to replace missing teeth, especially when they’re stabilized with implants by Dr. Charles Taylor, denture specialist at Eastpointe Family Dental Center in Eastpointe, Michigan. If you have multiple teeth to replace, and you live in Eastpointe or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Taylor to learn more about dentures and denture stabilization. You can call the knowledgeable staff or book a consultation online.
Dentures Q & A
What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth that fit over your gums to replace missing teeth. Dentures are the simplest and most cost-effective way to replace multiple missing teeth. Dr. Taylor may offer you one of three types of dentures:
- Full dentures: replace an entire jaw of missing teeth
- Partial dentures: replace a few missing teeth
- Overdentures: replace missing teeth while fitting over remaining teeth
Dentures comprise a set of porcelain, acrylic, or ceramic false teeth attached to a gum-colored base. Traditional dentures fit snugly on your gums and are held in place by adhesive. You take out your dentures at night for cleaning.
What is denture stabilization?
Traditional dentures can slip and slide, which prevents you from eating hard or chewy foods, such as apples or steak.
Dr. Taylor and his staff solve this problem by surgically inserting dental implants made of titanium into your jawbone during an in-office procedure under local anesthetic. The implants hold your dentures securely in place, so they won’t slip while talking or eating.
The implants also help your dentures function more like natural teeth. Stabilized dentures create healthy stress on your jawbone that’s similar to that of natural teeth. This signals your jawbone to create new, strong bone cells and prevent bone degradation.
What are some advantages of dentures?
Although dental implants are the most permanent solution to missing teeth, not everyone can afford them. Traditional dentures are a more affordable way to restore your smile. Other advantages are:
- Traditional dentures require no surgery
- Remaining teeth don’t need to be filed
- Custom-designed based on imprints of your remaining teeth and gums
- Not permanent — you can switch to stabilized dentures, bridges, or implants whenever you wish
- Prevent facial sagging and “shrunken” appearance
What are some disadvantages of dentures?
Dentures are less convenient than dental implants, which look and act like natural teeth. Dentures may slip out of place, and prevent you from eating hard or chewy foods.
You also need to remove your dentures each night to clean them. Dentures can interfere with your speech, cause excessive saliva, or make your tongue feel crowded.
What are some advantages of stabilized dentures?
You need to undergo oral surgery to insert the titanium posts when you opt for stabilized dentures. However, stabilized dentures confer many benefits over traditional dentures:
- Look and act more like real teeth
- Prevents gum and jawbone degradation
- More comfortable than traditional dentures
- Small implants can be inserted when you’ve already had bone loss
- Bone fuses to the implants for permanent stability
- Eat and chew normally
- Don’t need adjustment while wearing
Protect your remaining teeth, gums, and jawbone by contacting Dr. Taylor for dentures or stabilized dentures. You can book a denture consultation online or just call the helpful staff.