Years of wear and tear can leave your teeth weak, damaged, or even missing. Missing teeth compromise your oral health, but dentures are a time-tested solution to restore healthy mouth function. At Johnson Ranch Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, James Hoopes, DDS, and the team specialize in custom denture solutions for people in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Call the office or request a consultation online to learn more.
Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth. Dentures fill out your smile and promote healthy mouth function, and they’re a type of restorative dentistry that counteracts the negative effects of lost teeth.
Age, decay, and injury can all cause teeth to weaken and fall out. But missing teeth affect your ability to chew and speak, and the gaps can compromise the health of any remaining teeth.
Unilateral partial dentures have long been the go-to method of replacing missing teeth, but these days, advancements in dental technology enhance traditional dentures and improve patient quality of life.
Dentures are customizable for many common dental issues. Complete dentures replace a full set of missing teeth, and partial dentures replace several missing teeth in a row. If you’re missing a few teeth but you still have several healthy teeth, partial dentures or a dental bridge could preserve your oral health.
Complete and partial dentures can be implant-secured, which means that permanent dental implants hold the prosthetics in place. These dentures are very secure, making chewing and speaking easier and much more natural.
In some cases, patients need some or all of their teeth extracted at one time. The team can create immediate partial or an immediate complete denture at your extraction appointment, so you don’t have to go without teeth while you wait for dentures to come back from the lab.
The team performs a full assessment of your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if you could benefit from dentures. Many people with multiple missing teeth are good candidates for dentures, and Dr. Hoopes is an expert in fitting custom dentures.
Your new dentures should fit comfortably, but there may be an adjustment period. The team understands that extractions and denture fittings can be emotionally difficult, and they strive to give patients the confidence and encouragement they need to feel comfortable.
As you adjust to wearing dentures, soft liners encourage post-surgical healing. Dr. Hoopes and the team are here to offer support as you familiarize yourself with talking and chewing while wearing dentures.
Keep up with your regular dentist appointments even after you’ve gotten used to wearing your dentures. At your checkups, Dr. Hoopes ensures your dentures are fitting properly and your gums and jaw are healthy.
Learn more about custom denture solutions with a consultation at Johnson Ranch Family Dentistry and Orthodontics. Call the office or request an appointment online to get started.