One of our options for missing teeth are dentures. Our professional dentists at Burch Dental in Loves Park and Rockford are always ready to give you their best advice as well.
Removable partial dentures are usually replacement teeth (made of resin or porcelain) attached to a gum-colored acrylic base. This can be used for either the upper or lower jaw. Most partial dentures have a clasp that helps attach it to your natural teeth. These require that they be taken out of your mouth for proper cleaning and storage when you go to sleep. You should never wear your removable partial denture for 24 hours a day.
Full dentures are required when you lose all of your teeth. Upper dentures usually are designed to cover the roof of your mouth. Lower dentures are designed to leave space for your tongue. Suction and retention force is often used to help maintain the positioning of your dentures, but denture adhesive can be used to assist in this.
It is important to know what your denture teeth can be made of. Whether it’s made of resin or of porcelain, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Acrylic resin is one of the materials that can be used to craft your new teeth. Some advantages of acrylic resin are that it is less expensive than porcelain and is lighter in weight. However, it is important to know that resin wears faster than porcelain and will usually need replacement every five to eight years.
Porcelain is stronger than acrylic and has a similar feel and appearance to natural teeth. This can provide patients with confidence in the way they look and knowing that their new teeth are durable. Some disadvantages are that porcelain is still breakable and will shatter if dropped on a hard surface. Porcelain will always further the wearing down of natural teeth that it bites/rubs against.
Burch Dental wants to you to have that confident smile again. If you believe dentures are right for you, our professional dentists will be more than happy to help you! Stop by our office in Loves Park or Rockford, or give us a call, and book an appointment!