Complete Smiles with Full & Partial Dentures
Unfortunately, your teeth may not last for a lifetime despite your best efforts to protect them from damage. Tooth decay, disease, and trauma can all lead to gaps in your smile. If you are currently living with missing teeth, your quality of life and confidence are suffering due to the empty space. To complete your smile, dentures or partials can help you. As your dentist in Pensacola, Dr. Benjamin J. Hodges has the solutions you need to smile confidently.
What are Partials?
Partials are prosthetic teeth that can be used if you are missing several natural teeth but still have a few healthy ones remaining. They are featured in a gum-colored base that has a metal framework, which attach to your remaining natural teeth to hold it in place.
What are Dentures?
If you are suffering from complete tooth loss on one or both arches, you will need full dentures. This involves a custom-made acrylic or plastic base that holds the prosthetic teeth. A denture adhesive is then used to attach it to the gum tissue to restore your oral functions.
Which is Right for Me?
Generally, if you have missing teeth and healthy gums, you are a candidate for dentures. However, you will require a comprehensive examination with Dr. Hodges to create a customized treatment plan. In addition to a visual examination, x-rays and impressions of your mouth will also be needed. Using this information, Dr. Hodges will determine if partials or full dentures are the right solution for you.
How Do I Care for Dentures?
Although dentures are not subject to tooth decay, you will still need to take care of them to remove bacteria accumulations. With the right care, you will help to promote their longevity to make a wise investment in your dental health and quality of life.
Every day, it is best to remove your dentures to clean them with a soft bristled toothbrush, cleaning all surfaces. In addition, you will need to soak them in a denture solution overnight to keep them from drying out and to sanitize them.
When they are not in your mouth, handle them with care to prevent damage. Never expose them to excessive heat or let them dry out, which can cause them to warp.
Do I Still Need to Visit a Dentist?
After you have replaced your missing teeth, you will still need the care of a Pensacola dentist. To monitor your oral health, it is best to maintain your six-month appointments. Not to mention, your dentures will require adjustments overtime to ensure the right fit for your comfort.
Get a Complete Smile Today
Although dentures often have a bad reputation for looking fake, several advancements over the years now allow them to look and feel more natural than ever before. With a customized prosthetic, you not only restore your confidence, but your ability to chew and speak with ease.
If you are ready to complete your smile with partials or dentures, it is time to contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hodges.