Renew Your Smile with Traditional or Implant-supported Dentures

I f you are missing multiple teeth, Avason Family Dentistry can provide attractively-crafted dentures at his Denver, NC, practice. When designing your restoration, he will consider all of your facial features to ensure that your denture resembles your natural smile. Our lab will use advanced materials for a natural color and sheen. At Avason Family Dentistry, we proudly offer both traditional and implant-supported dentures. Both types of restorations can dramatically improve your oral function and appearance. Implant-supported dentures also offer important health benefits. Dr. Avason will explain all of your options during a comprehensive consultation, and help you select the right type of dentures for your health needs, budget, and aesthetic goals.

Types of Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting. A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made. Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • - Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • - Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • - Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • - Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What does getting dentures involve?

Our Team at Avason Family Dentistry works closely with each and every one of our patients to ensure that they receive the right treatment for their individual circumstances. The team has the knowledge and expertise to design tailor-made treatment plans that can all be performed in his state-of-the-art clinic in Denver NC using the latest technology. Our full range of dentures are suitable for various restorative needs. Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

  • -Traditional full dentures: A traditional full denture will replace your entire arch of teeth. Dentures can also replace both upper and lower teeth at the same time. This prosthetic will consist of a plastic base that will fit around your gums. Since it is removable, you will use denture adhesive for security.

  • -Teeth Tomorrow™: This option can provide a fixed restoration in just 24 hours. Our Team will perform implant surgery and attach a temporary implant-supported denture the next day. Once your gums have healed, he will secure your permanent restoration, made from state-of-the-art Prettau® Zirconia.

  • -Traditional partial dentures: A partial is similar to a traditional full denture since it is removable and has a plastic base. However, it will replace several adjacent teeth, and small metal clips with connect it to your remaining teeth.

  • -Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures are a revolution in restorative dentistry. Available as both full and partial dentures, they will connect to dental implants. At Avason Family Dentisty will surgically set these posts in your jawbone, so they will remain firmly anchored. Thus, implant-supported dentures will never shift or move in the mouth

Understanding the process to dentures.

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition which begins with mild gum inflammation called gingivitis. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults living in the developed world, and should be taken very seriously. Periodontal disease (often called gum disease) is typically signified by red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, but in some cases has no noticeable symptoms. Periodontal disease generally begins when the bacteria living in plaque cause an infection in the surrounding tissues of the teeth, causing them to become irritated and painful. Eventually, this infection will cause the jawbone to recede and the tooth to become loose. There are several reasons why periodontal treatment may be necessary:
  • Moderate/advanced gum disease – This occurs when the gums are bleeding, swollen or red around most teeth and the jawbone has begun to recede.
  • Localized gum recession – The infection which propagates moderate or advanced gum disease often begins in one area. Gum recession may also be caused due to over brushing with a hard bristle brush, or due to a tooth that is not positioned properly. Immediate treatment is required to prevent further spreading.
  • Before crown lengthening – The periodontist may lengthen the crown of the tooth by removing surrounding soft tissue to provide more tooth exposure. Ridge augmentation – This procedure, often called “recontouring” may be required to correct an uneven gum line. Before embarking on treatment, a periodontist needs to treat any bacterial infections and periodontitis. In the case of mild/moderate periodontal problems, the focus of the periodontist will be on curing the underlying bacterial infection and then providing advice on the most appropriate home cleaning methods.
     Periodontal disease is the number-one cause of tooth loss among adults in the U.S.

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to have twice-yearly routine dental exams and cleanings. It’s also important to avoid eating a lot of sugary foods, which serve as an ideal food source for bacteria. A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients.

Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal.Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. The teeth should be brushed at least twice a day, ideally in the morning and before bed. The perfect toothbrush is small in size with soft, rounded-end bristles, and is no more than three months old. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to access all areas of the mouth, and the bristles should be soft enough so as not to cause undue damage to the gum tissue. The American Dental Association (ADA) has given electric toothbrushes their seal of approval, stating that those with rotating or oscillating heads are more effective than other toothbrushes. Flossing is a great way to remove plaque from the interdental regions (between the teeth). Flossing is an especially important tool for preventing periodontal disease and limiting the depth of the gum pockets. The interdental regions are difficult to reach with a toothbrush and should be cleansed with dental floss on a daily basis. The flavor and type of floss are unimportant; choose floss that will be easy and pleasant to use.

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