Beautiful, Functional Dentures Restore Your Smile
Dentures can drastically improve your smile's function and beauty after widespread tooth loss. These full-arch restorations are great for patients missing most or all of their teeth on one or both arches. Dr. Robert J. Matlach offers both traditional and implant-supported denture options to his patients. Each denture is custom-made according to each patient's unique physical needs, aesthetic preferences, and budget. They are made from detailed impressions of your mouth for ultimate comfort and a secure fit. Whether you would like to restore the smile you used to have or achieve the smile of your dreams, we can help. To learn more about dentures, contact Dr. Matlach's Huntington office today.
What is a Denture?
Dentures are designed to restore a full arch of missing teeth, or they can be made to replace a few missing teeth in an arch. Both traditional and implant-supported dentures are designed to fit snugly within a patient's mouth, whether they rest upon your gums or upon dental implants that have been previously inserted within your jaw.
Implant-supported dentures have many benefits when compared with traditional dentures. Implants are titanium posts or screws that are surgically placed within a patient's jaw bone. They mimic the function of natural tooth roots, providing support for dentures and other types of prostheses.
Traditional dentures, conversely, rest directly upon your gums, held in place by suction or a gel- or paste-like adhesive that you apply each morning. Because they rest directly upon your gums, the construction of traditional dentures is important for your comfort and functionality. Each denture comprises fused-together dental crowns that are secured upon an acrylic base. While implant-supported dentures stay securely in place, removed only by Dr. Matlach for inspection or replacement, traditional dentures are removed and cleaned each evening. Regarding price, traditional dentures are more cost effective than implant-supported dentures.
Dr. Matlach can customize dentures for virtually any patient who has endured major tooth loss. A denture is an ideal solution for patients who have several missing teeth, and those that are missing all of the teeth.
Denture recipients should be prepared to properly care for and maintain their prostheses. Implant-supported dentures must be brushed regularly to prevent the buildup of plaque bacteria, which can cause gum disease and decay. Traditional dentures must be removed each night and cleaned thoroughly, also to prevent bacterial buildup.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures provide many functional and aesthetic benefits. They allow you to eat and speak and go about daily activities with confidence. When you receive dentures from Dr. Matlach, you can rest assured they will also look naturally beautiful within your smile.
There are some additional benefits provided by implant-supported dentures. Implants themselves stimulate the jaw bone, preventing natural resorption that happens after tooth loss. This helps stabilize the jaw and prevents it from weakening and shrinking, which can also cause patients' cheeks to look sunken in. Implant-supported dentures allow you to eat more foods with confidence knowing you have the additional implant support.