As a restorative dental treatment, dentists use dentures to replace rows or full arches of lost or missing teeth. Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are fixed in place or removable. Dr. Matthew Gerald recommends that patients receive fixed dentures in his Vienna, VA dental office. We provide implant-supported dentures
because they are long-lasting and strong. Dentures that are supported by dental implants also improve the retention of the bite and prevent further bone loss.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
You should replace your missing teeth for cosmetic and health reasons. Not only can it be awkward, but it can also affect your health. Missing teeth make it hard to chew food and speak. It can also lead to gum disease, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and jawbone loss. Bone loss in the jaw can greatly impact your appearance and make you look years older than you really are. If you have one or more missing teeth, you may experience an increase in dental problems such as:
- Shifting teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Further bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Uneven bite
- Dietary limits
- Difficulty speaking
- Facial sagging
Contact our dental office if you notice changes in your oral health as a result of your missing teeth. Our professional dental team is here to help. We will thoroughly check your teeth and gums to help determine the type of denture or dental restoration that you need.
Removable vs. Fixed Implant Dentures
Dentures can be full or partial. Partial dentures replace multiple consecutive missing teeth. Full dentures replace an upper and/or lower arch of missing teeth. Traditional dentures are prosthetic teeth that are removable. The dentist fuses the false teeth to a base that sits in the mouth or clips in around the remaining teeth.
Some patients will use adhesive to help the piece stay in place, although they can still slip around the mouth. These dentures do not restore the bite and often have dietary restrictions because of this. They can be bulky, hard to adjust to, and uncomfortable. On the other hand, they are affordable and treatment can be complete in less than a month.
Implant-secured dentures provide a more stable fit for our patients. Dental implants use the support of the jawbone and soft tissue of the mouth to replace missing teeth. Implant fixtures are titanium posts that are an oral surgeon surgically inserts into the jawbone. Using these implants, we can attach a custom-fabricated denture with prosthetic teeth.
By anchoring dentures with dental implants, patients do not have to worry about shifting or slipping teeth. They can enjoy a greater variety of food with the stronger bite power. Furthermore, the implants provide enough stimulation for the bone to regenerate. You will not have to worry about jawbone loss and your facial appearance will not degrade. Unfortunately though, this sophisticated treatment will cost more than traditional removable denture and take months longer to complete.
Request a Consultation for Dentures in Vienna, VA
Restore your beautiful smile with stable and secure dentures. Contact Dr. Gerald for comprehensive restorative care by calling his office at (703) 721-4796. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Gerald and his team online. Do you have any remaining questions about dentures? Let our team know and they will be happy to assist you.