Dentures and PartialsAn Overview
Dr. Cobb is one of the leading dentists in the Washington D.C. area for the treatment of missing teeth. Whether you already have dentures or are considering dentures, Dr. Cobb can help you select the best choice for your long term dental health and happiness. In addition to traditional removable dentures, Dr. Cobb offers implant dentures which are permanently secured to the jaw bone offering superior stability and function.
Types of Dentures
Before you select which type of denture, Dr. Cobb will perform a comprehensive evaluation and consider your current health as well as your concerns and aesthetic goals. We may choose from a variety of materials and types of denture to plan the right type of restoration for your needs, goals and budget.
Fixed Vs. Removable Dentures
Most people are familiar with a traditional removable denture. These are secured in the mouth using an adhesive. Today’s cosmetic dentures look and feel considerably more natural than previous generations. Another option that is growing in popularity are fixed dentures which are permanently secured in the mouth using dental implants. Known as “all on four”, implant dentures can be supported by as few as four dental implants. This type of restoration has a very high success rate and level of patient satisfaction.
The primary benefits of implant dentures are that they offer better retention and help to maintain the bone structure in the face. Patients who have implant supported dentures can chew, speak and smile normally. There are no dietary restrictions with implant dentures and patients can eat whatever foods they like. Patients also don’t need to worry about slippage or having their denture fall out when they talk or participate in sports or other activities.
As the name indicates, a partial dentures is used to replace several missing teeth, but not all of the teeth. Like full dentures, they can either be fixed or removable. Partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge. If the partial denture is fixed, it is either secured in place using dental crowns or dental implants.