In a perfect world, your teeth should last you a lifetime. But, life is far from perfect, and problems can arise that cause you to lose your teeth. For times like these, the dental world has stepped up with some great options, such as dentures and the all-on-four procedure. At Unlimited Dentistry, Dr. Erik M. Unger offers these different replacement options to his patients in Goodyear, Arizona, giving them something to really smile about. To explore your own options, call or use the online booking tool to arrange a consultation.
Nothing beats your original teeth in terms of strength and stability, but dentures provide a good aesthetic and functional solution for missing teeth.
Dentures are removable devices that are designed to fit snugly over your gums, providing you with prosthetic teeth that allow you to eat and speak as you normally would.
There are a number of different options when it comes to dentures including:
If you still have viable teeth, Dr. Unger may recommend a partial denture that attaches to your existing teeth through a metal framework. Partial dentures can be removed for cleaning.
If most of your teeth are severely compromised, Dr. Unger usually recommends complete dentures. For your upper teeth, this means that your dentures will fit over your gums and run across the roof of your mouth for support. For your lower teeth, your dentures will form a semi-circle around your gums, leaving your tongue free to move.
Before you’re able to get dentures of any kind, Dr. Unger prepares the area, removing any tooth fragments and clearing the way for dentures. Because of this, you’re only able to get your complete dentures after your gums have fully healed. Don’t worry, because in the meantime you have:
After Dr. Unger prepares your mouth for dentures, he provides you with an immediate denture that you can wear while your gums heal underneath. Dr. Unger takes an impression of your mouth during a prior visit so that these dentures are ready to go when you have your gums prepared.
In all of the denture options, Dr. Unger uses porcelain for the prosthetic teeth for its durability and tooth-like appearance.
If you don’t like the idea of dentures, you might want to look into the all-on-four procedure, which uses four dental implants to provide enough support for your entire upper or lower sets of teeth.
This unique system is more of an engineering marvel in that Dr. Unger strategically places four implants into your jawbone, which provide enough support for him to place non-removable bridges, giving you an entirely new set of teeth.
The all-on-four option is more stable than dentures since the implants are firmly integrated into your bone and Dr. Unger cements and secures your bridges into place.
If you want to learn more about your denture options, call Unlimited Dentistry or fill out the online form to request an appointment.