Dentures Replace Missing Teeth with Natural-Looking Prosthetics
Missing teeth can create discomfort when trying to eat or speak. Many patients with special needs already face substantial obstacles in their daily lives, but replacing missing teeth can help alleviate some of those challenges. Dentures are an excellent option for individuals with substantial tooth loss. At First Impressions Family Dentistry, serving patients in the Nashville, TN, area, we offer both full and partial dentures that can also be secured with dental implants. Dr. Mike Glasmeier will determine the best option for your family member to ensure that they can enjoy the benefits of restored form and function. With extensive experience serving special needs patients, our entire staff can provide individualized care that can not be undervalued.
Today's dentures are crafted to look and feel more natural than ever before.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are prosthetics that can replace several missing teeth or an entire dental arch. To provide natural-looking aesthetics, they are composed of synthetic teeth made from porcelain or zirconia which are attached to a plastic base that closely matches the gums. These restorations are also custom-created to fit comfortably.
We offer both partial and full dentures for patients with varying degrees of tooth loss. Partial dentures are typically recommended for patients missing several adjacent teeth. These restorations are held in place by small metal clasps. Full traditional dentures are secured with dental adhesive. Dentures can be designed to be removable or fixed, meaning they are supported by dental implants. These small posts are placed directly in the jaw.
Improved Function and Aesthetics
Dentures offer both restorative and cosmetic advantages to patients including:
- Improved ability to eat and speak
- Support of facial structures
- Prevention of wear and tear on surrounding teeth
- Restored appearance for a cohesive smile
Implant-supported dentures also offer added benefits for patients in need of a more stable option that will not slip out of place and does not require maintenance. This is often the case for many of our special needs patients as traditional dentures must be cared for and require regular cleaning. Implant-supported restorations allow patients to be more self-sufficient. By replacing the entire structure of missing teeth, from root to crown, dentures attached to dental implants can also prevent bone atrophy by stimulating the jaw bone.
The Treatment Process
Prior to initiating any procedure, Dr. Glasmeier will meet with you to discuss any questions or concerns and to evaluate the patient's bite. If dentures are the best course of action, we will begin to make preparations for the procedure. We request that caretakers or family members fill out a questionnaire and inform us of any particular accommodations that will be required for special needs patients so that we can plan individualized treatment.
First Impressions Family Dentistry is committed to helping special needs patients maintain their oral health in a comfortable environment.
Whether they will be receiving traditional or implant-supported dentures, Dr. Glasmeier will begin by taking impressions which will be provided to a trusted off-site dental lab to create custom dentures. Any necessary extractions and the dental implant procedure will first need to take place before a finalized denture can be placed. Once the permanent restoration has returned from the lab, it can be provided to the patient, effectively restoring their smile.
Accommodating Special Needs Patients
First Impressions Family Dentistry is committed to helping special needs patients maintain their oral health in a comfortable environment. If a loved one has experienced tooth loss, contact us to schedule a consultation and see if dentures are the best solution for them.