Dentures are often times not a ... I tell patients they are not, and this is a common phrase within dentistry, but they're not a replacement for teeth. They're a replacement for no teeth. If your option is to have no teeth at all, dentures are great. The problem is the traditional denture floats in the mouth. The first and simplest situation we can stabilize a denture with mini implants which are basically small connectors to your body that allow the denture to have something to grab onto so it's not floating around. From there, we go into traditional implants which give us more and more of an anchor so that what you're trying to chew with is actually connected to your body. At the extreme end we can do full fixed, full arch restorations where somebody basically gets a whole new set of teeth that don't come in or out, and that they can chew as normal without fear of either it coming out or breaking.
Living without teeth is difficult. Everyday tasks like eating or speaking that used to come with ease are now arduous. While tooth loss is celebrated in childhood, adult tooth loss is anything but celebratory. Instead, tooth loss takes an emotional and physical toll on a person. Fortunately, your friendly Norton Shores, MI dentist and team offer solutions for tooth loss with custom dentures.
Why Replacing Teeth Is Important
Sometimes patients who have lost teeth do not seek treatment for various reasons. Some may feel embarrassed while others may feel like there is no hope for reclaiming the appearance of a complete smile. We understand that these feelings are common; however, it is important that you know you have options when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Waiting to replace teeth or foregoing treatment altogether will affect your health. Without teeth, the types of foods you can eat are limited. With a limited diet, you may lack the nourishment you need for vibrant health. Furthermore, foregoing treatment after tooth loss affects psychological health. An incomplete smile leads to social isolation and depression among many folks.
How Custom Dentures Can Help
Over the years, prosthetic teeth have improved substantially. We use very lifelike materials to make dentures, and prosthetics are custom made for you in dental laboratories by highly trained technicians. This means that each set will perfectly fit your mouth. Without teeth, your face will appear sunken in, and this can make you appear far older than your actual age. If you wear dentures, you will instantly look more youthful. Since our custom dentures are made from durable materials, they will make eating food much easier and, in turn, help you enjoy a more well-rounded diet.
Types Of Dentures
We offer a few different types of custom dentures from Norton Shores, MI dentist:
- Full Removable Dentures – The standard type of denture you probably picture. These are used to replace a complete arch or mouth of teeth and are removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
- Partial Removable Dentures – Partial dentures replace only some of your natural teeth and are held in place using small clasps (but are still removable!).
- Implant-Secured Dentures – Concerned about the stability of traditional removable dentures? We can secure your dentures using mini dental implants! The implants are surgically placed into your gums to create a secure foundation for your dentures. Learn more about this option by visiting our page on dental implants.
- Temporary Dentures – You won’t ever have to go without teeth! These dentures can be created quickly to ensure that you have a nice smile while you wait for your permanent dentures.
Make An Appointment
If you have suffered with tooth loss, you have options such as full and partial dentures to regain your smile. We encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Norton Shores, MI dentist to review your options. After your appointment at Community Shores Dental, we will develop a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
Dr. Christopher Sortman has studied dentistry at University of Michigan Dental School and has completed Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program while serving as Navy dentist.
To book your visit in our Norton Shores, MI office, please contact Community Shores Dental by calling 231-366-4182. You can also send us a message using our online contact form. To do so, simply fill it out, click submit, and a member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible. Regardless of the method of contact you choose, we will be happy to help you find a suitable date and time for your appointment. We look forward to working with you.
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