As you age, you naturally experience bone loss. For some, it may be the first time you experience tooth loss, or maybe you have lost teeth before from physical trauma or sports. Either way, dentures are a great solution for people of all ages, offering a reliable and effective replacement for missing teeth and bone loss.
Whether you are replacing all of your teeth or just a few, dentures may be the simple, reliable solution that you need.
Denture Relines and Repairs
We do relines and can often do most repairs right here in the office. For more difficult repairs we may send out to our local dental lab to get the best, fastest, and most efficient service. Many offer same day services so we are able to get you taken care of as quickly as possible with the highest quality.
Dr. Bacsa specializes in implants and values the many benefits of recommending using dental implants to stabilize your dentures. The more implants used, the greater the stability. With multiple implants per arch, we can even do away with the material that covers the roof of the mouth improving the ability to enjoy and taste food, reduce gag reflex, and, for some, improves the ability to speak and sing. Implant stabilization is a great way to give you a more natural feel in wearing a denture.
What is the difference between full dentures and partial dentures?
There are two kinds of dentures available, partial dentures and full dentures, with each serving a different purpose.
- Full dentures
Full dentures replace an entire row of teeth along the upper or lower jaw. They are surprisingly natural-looking, too, with a gum-colored base that supports a series of replacement teeth.
Without teeth to hold everything in place, the dentures are dependent upon the natural suction of your mouth to hold it in place. Dental adhesive can help, but these dentures rest along the roof of your mouth and can slip when you talk or eat.
For a more permanent solution, you can opt for dentures that anchor to dental implants for better stability. Dental implants mimic the root of your tooth, screwing into your natural bone and fusing together over time. Dr. Bacsa then attaches your new dentures to your implants, and you’re all set.
- Partial dentures
For a process that is far less intensive, you can opt for partial dentures. These are a great solution if you have existing teeth for your dentures to anchor onto. The recovery process is not as nearly as long, and it’s more affordable, too.
Partial dentures are an easy way to fill in the gaps of your smile without the extended procedures of tooth extraction and dental implants.
They look very similar to full dentures, consisting of the same gum-colored base of full dentures. The replacement teeth use clasps to connect to your existing teeth, making your smile whole again.
Dr. Bacsa has decades of experience with specialist training in full dental restoration. Whether you prefer full dentures or partial dentures, Bacsa Family Dental and Implant Center will help you fill in the gaps of your smile with natural-looking tooth replacement.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures
Do I need fixed dentures or removable dentures?
There are benefits to both fixed and removable dentures.
Pros for Fixed Dentures
- Far less maintenance
- Doesn’t move around in your mouth
- Fewer jaw implants needed
Cons for Fixed Dentures
- More expensive
- Can chip over time
- Certain materials may stain acrylic
Pros for Removable Dentures
- Less invasive procedure
- Quicker healing time
- Additional teeth can be added later
Cons for Removable Dentures
- Can move around in your mouth
- May require occasional realignment
- Can limit your diet
What should I expect when wearing dentures?
Dentures feel differently than your natural teeth, so their function will be more limited than you may be used to. You may find that you need to chew slower and more carefully, and you will need to avoid certain foods altogether.
After you receive your new dentures, you may notice that your mouth salivates more than usual and you may have more difficulty speaking. This is usually only temporary as you adjust to the fit of your dentures.
Dr. Bacsa and our team will take the time to acquaint you with your new dentures, providing detailed care instructions. You likely need to have your dentures refitted, so it is recommended that you visit us occasionally for a quick adjustment.
Call our Indianapolis office today for a consultation to discuss whether dentures are right for you!