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If you’re missing one or more teeth or all of your upper or lower teeth, then dentures may be the answer for you. If you have a single tooth that needs to be extracted, then a partial denture may help maintain the functionality and the structural alignment of your other teeth. If you need any type of denture in Wayzata, call our office and we can help you.
What’s the Purpose of Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth that are custom-fitted to your jaw and replace natural teeth that are missing or need to be replaced. Depending on the type of denture that you select, it can be permanently installed or removable. Your denture will have the same color and shape as your natural teeth and will be as closely matched to your natural teeth as possible.
Dentures will not only improve your smile and boost your self-confidence, but they’ll also maintain the structural integrity of your jaw and your face. They function like your natural teeth, and if you maintain them properly, they can last for years or even decades. A denture is an excellent investment in both your long-term oral health and your long-term physical health. Your teeth function as the initial stage of your digestive process and without them, you’ll be unable to receive adequate nutrition from your food. Our Wayzata office provides affordable quality dentures to our patients, so if you need dentures in Wayzata, be sure to call us.
What Types of Dentures Are Available?
Several types of dentures are available; the type you select will depend on your unique situation. During your initial consultation at our Wayzata office, your dentist will examine your mouth and determine the best type of denture for you. Some of your options include:
Full Denture/Complete Denture
A full denture is also called a complete denture and replaces all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw or both. Any remaining teeth will be extracted, and we’ll supply you with a temporary denture to wear until your gums have healed. At that time, we’ll fit you for your permanent denture. You’ll have either a removable full denture that rests atop your gums or you’ll have a fixed full denture that’s anchored to implants that have been surgically installed into your jawbone.
If many of your teeth are healthy, but you have one or more missing teeth, then a removable partial denture might be the answer. A removable partial denture is similar to a bridge, but a bridge is a permanently installed appliance whereas a partial denture can be removed for cleaning.
Flexible Partial Denture
A traditional partial denture has a rigid base and metal clasps that affix it to the adjacent teeth. A flexible partial denture is lightweight and flexible so it’s more comfortable, and the base and clasps are the color of your gums, so the partial denture is less noticeable.
An implant-supported denture is secured to implants in the jawbone. The implants function the same as the root of a tooth, and they keep the denture from slipping or moving around. The number of implants required will depend on the location and size of the denture to be secured.
An implant-supported denture can be permanently installed or it can be removable. A bar-retained denture connects to the implants with clips that are affixed to a metal bar. A ball-retained denture has sockets that connect to ball-shaped attachments on the denture. Both of these types of affordable quality dentures can and should be removed daily for cleaning.
Alternatively, a fixed, implant-supported denture is available that is attached to several implants. The advantage of this type of denture is that you always have natural-looking teeth in your mouth. You can speak, eat, and smile the same as when you had your natural teeth, and no one will know the difference unless you tell them.
All-on-4® Treatment Concept
The All-on-4 dentures use four Nobel Biocare implants to secure the denture, and two of the implants are installed at an angle. With this type of denture, you’ll have increased biting power and a more stable denture installation.
What’s Involved in Getting Any Type of Denture?
When you opt for dentures, you’ll need a minimum of two office visits. During your initial visit, your dentist will discuss your needs and preferences and then examine your teeth and gums. Usually, we’ll take impressions and measurements during this visit and your dentist will ensure that your choice of denture will be appropriate for you. If you have damaged or diseased teeth, we’ll remove them and provide you with a temporary denture. If you have opted for implants, we’ll place them during this visit.
When we have your denture ready, you’ll return for the installation and your dentist will adjust your new denture so that it’s comfortable and fully functional. If you need additional follow-up visits, we’ll schedule them for you. If you want to make an appointment or have additional questions, call our Wayzata office and we’ll be glad to help you.
Do Dentures Cost a Lot?
The cost for your denture will be unique to you and will depend on several factors, such as the type of denture you select, any additional treatments that you need, the amount of prep work we need to do, your insurance coverage, and the type of materials that you select. During your consultation, your dentist will provide you with a detailed cost estimate so that you’ll know exactly what fees you’ll incur. Call our Wayzata office if you want more information or want to schedule an appointment.
What’s Meant by a Soft Reline for Dentures?
If your denture has a hard acrylic lining, a soft denture reline can be more comfortable. A reline lasts for about two years and can alleviate the sore spots and pain that often plague denture wearers.
How Do I Schedule a Consultation in Wayzata?
We strive to schedule our patients as promptly as possible, but if you have an urgent situation, please let us know when you call. We have a reputation for being one of the most trusted dental offices in Wayzata, and we do our utmost to provide our patients with the best dental experience possible. Give us a call today at (952) 475-0225 to schedule an appointment at Lake Minnetonka Dental. We look forward to hearing from you.