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Posts for: October, 2018

By Mike White, DDS
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Mouth DentureDentures are dental devices that restore missing teeth, giving patients back their ability to perform normal, everyday oral functions. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 15 percent of patients with tooth loss have denture devices created each year. Roughly 48 percent of denture wearers are between the ages of 18 and 45 according to statistics published by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Learn about the different types of dentures offered by Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA, and how they can be beneficial to your smile. 

What Are Dentures?
A denture is a custom-made appliance worn in the mouth that closes gaps and covers open spaces in the gumline after tooth loss. They are made from plastic resin materials that can be formed to closely mimic the appearance of the teeth and gums. Some denture devices have metal parts. Modern appliances look more natural and have a more secure fit.

The Different Types of Dentures
There are three main types of dentures: partials, full, and implant-supported. Partial dentures are for patients who only have one or a few missing teeth. Full dentures are used to replace an entire row of missing teeth. Both types can be anchored using dental implants, if the patient has some dense jaw bone tissue remaining after tooth loss. Full dentures are either immediate (placed right after dental extraction), or conventional, which requires more of an investment in time to ensure a long-lasting, solid fit. 

Denture Benefits
With dentures designed by your Chehalis, WA, dentist, you’ll finally be able to chew and bite into solid foods again. They are designed to cling securely to your other teeth or gumline, giving you the support that you need for everyday dental functions. Partial dentures will help ensure that your other teeth stay well-aligned and that there are no embarrassing gaps in the smile. Full dentures protect your gumline, are resistant to damage, and make chewing easier. Implant-supported devices provide extra support and help keep some bone tissue healthy.

Your Denture Consultation
Dentures can change your life for the better in a number of ways. Contact Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA, to learn more about the various options you have when it comes to custom specialty dentures. Call (360) 748-0168 today to set your initial visit.