Dentists Serving Greenville, Simpsonville, Landrum & Nearby Areas Of South Carolina And North Carolina
Dentures are a declining need in our society due to advancements in dentistry such as dental implants and preventive periodontal care. Moreover, with modern dental materials and techniques, we see more adults keeping most of their teeth for a lifetime.
However, the art of making a well-crafted, removable dental appliance is not lost at Wood Creek Dental. It is our goal to make the most natural looking and comfortable removable dentures possible. At our Greenville and Landrum offices, which serve patients throughout the Upstate, SC area, one of the great added techniques available is to use mini-implants or conventional implants to obtain the most secure, most natural, and most comfortable fit imaginable.
A partial denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace several missing teeth. The denture rests on the gums and is supported by clasps that attach to remaining teeth.
While partial dentures may have some movement during function, the team at Wood Creek Dental works with each patient to achieve a fit that is as comfortable and secure as possible. We also focus on creating partial dentures that closely match the size, shape, and color of existing teeth for the most natural-looking results.
Complete dentures can include a full set of upper dentures, lower dentures, or both. Complete dentures are an option for replacing all of the teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or the patient’s entire mouth. Complete dentures rest on the gums and are supported by the underlying bone. To maintain a secure and comfortable fit, complete dentures may need to be refitted every few years.
The team at our Greenville or Landrum office can help patients determine if complete dentures are the right treatment option for their dental needs.
Implant-retained dentures utilize dental implants to achieve maximum support, providing increased comfort and functionality for denture wearers. The removable dentures easily attach to the implant posts to create a natural look and feel.
For patients with adequate bone density, traditional or mini dental implants can be used to create the support system for the dentures. Our dentists will help you decide which implant option is best for you.
How Long does it Take for Dentures to be Manufactured?
It may take between six weeks and three months to plan, create, and place your dentures. Much of this is dependent on how much preparation will be needed in order for your dentures to provide the most benefit.
How are Dentures Fitted at Wood Creek Dental?
Following preparation, which may require removing damaged teeth, our dentists use dental putty to create a precise mold of your mouth, enabling our trusted dental lab partners to create dentures – full or partial – exclusively for you.
Sized, shaped, and colored to look and feel natural in your mouth, the dentures provided by Wood Creek Dental are designed to fit perfectly, helping to restore optimal comfort and function.
How Long Will Partial Dentures Last?
Partial dentures can last for up to 15 years if they are cared for properly. Full dentures, on the other hand, typically last for five to ten years.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Dentures?
Dentures do not pose any health risks on their own. Tooth loss, however, may be indicative of a larger and more worrisome problem. Many women and men who suffer tooth loss are at a higher risk for gum disease, which comes with a host of issues including increased risks for certain cancers, breathing abnormalities, and other systemic conditions that can shorten life expectancy.
Dentures that are placed on the gum line and held fast with adhesives do not address missing tooth roots. People with adhesive or bridge-supported dentures will experience jaw shrinkage and are at risk for a sunken-in appearance around their dentures. This is not a problem with implant-retained dentures.
Because the placing of dental implants is a surgical procedure, implant-supported dentures will come with certain risks including excessive bleeding, infection, and poor wound healing. During your time in our care, we will carefully cover all of your options to help you choose which method of tooth replacement will best meet your needs
How can Partial, Complete or Implant-Retained Dentures be Maintained?
Removable dentures should be taken out and rinsed after every meal and snack. When taken out, the mouth should be cleaned with a soft-bristle toothbrush or gauze to remove bacteria and adhesive from the gums, tongue, cheeks, and roof of the mouth.
Removable dentures should be brushed at least once daily and soaked in a denture-soaking solution every night.
Implant-supported dentures are cleaned just like your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss after every meal and snack. If your implant-supported dentures are removable, it is important to thoroughly clean around all attachments as well.
For all types of dentures, routine visits to the dentist will be essential for continuous comfort, ideal fit, and optimal oral health.
Are There Food Restrictions When Wearing Partial, Complete or Implant-Retained Dentures?
Hard foods, seed and nuts, popcorn, and other foods that can be difficult to chew or pose a risk of getting stuck should be avoided if you have removable dentures. Specific foods that you should avoid can be determined by your dentist.
Implant-supported dentures that are fixed do not come with any food restrictions. However, it is advisable to avoid biting ice and hard candy to help prevent chipping or breaking your dentures.
Contact Wood Creek Dental
Patients interested in learning more about dentures can schedule an appointment at our Greenville office using the form on this page or by calling us at 864-288-5300. Our dentists and team members are always happy to provide more information about denture options, solutions for loose dentures, denture alternatives, and more.We serve patients throughout Greenville, Landrum, Simpsonville, and the entire Upstate South Carolina area.