Research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over a quarter of people in the United States have lost all of their teeth by the time they turn 74. At his clinic in Tucson, Arizona, Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC, and his team create custom dentures to replace some or all of your teeth. To start getting your full smile back with dentures, call Dr. Badalov’s office or reserve an appointment online today.
Dentures are one of your choices when it comes to replacing missing teeth. The feature that makes dentures unique is that you can remove them.
Dr. Badalov custom crafts dentures to look as close to your natural teeth as possible. They typically come with a flesh-colored base made to look like your natural gums, giving them a natural and consistent appearance. The teeth are made of a solid, durable resin while the prosthetic gums are crafted from a softer, more flexible material.
Dentures come in several types. Some people need a set of dentures consisting of replacements for all of their teeth while others only need a few teeth in their set of dentures. Dr. Badalov helps you navigate the various features available for dentures. Your options include:
Full dentures include all of the teeth in an arch. If you lose all of your teeth or if you only have a few weak teeth left, Dr. Badalov may extract any remaining tooth material from your gums to make way for full dentures.
You can get immediate full dentures that are ready for insertion or conventional dentures that require healing time before you can wear them.
Partial dentures are similar to dental bridges, but you can remove them at any time. They anchor onto healthy teeth that can’t or shouldn’t be removed and include one or more false teeth to fill the gaps.
Implant-based dentures, also called overdentures, clasp onto several evenly-spaced dental implants in your jawbone. You can still remove them, but they remain sturdy while you use them. You can get full or partial overdentures as long as your jawbone is strong enough for implants.
Your dentures won’t feel exactly like your natural teeth. However, you’ll come to adjust to them the longer you wear them as the muscles in your mouth acclimate to holding them in place.
It often helps patients to remember how much easier life is with dentures than without them. They allow you to continue eating hard foods and speaking clearly. Additionally, they fill out the shape of your face to aid in making you look more youthful.