You may think your smile’s appearance is irreparably damaged when you lose a tooth or multiple teeth. The good news is that this could not be further from reality. When you visit your local dentist in Knoxville, Tennessee, you can ask about tooth replacement options. Dr. Gloria Serrano and the team at South Knox Dental will be happy to tell you about these options. Dentures are a popular choice Dr. Serrano’s patients choose for tooth replacement.
There are several different types you can choose from when it comes to dentures, but you may not know which choice is right for you. This is where Dr. Serrano can step in to assist. At South Knox Dental, our team offers three types of dentures: complete, partial, and implant-supported.
Each denture type has benefits and will be better fitted for specific situations over others. Let us look at each type of denture, what situation they would be best for, and their benefits.
If you find yourself in a scenario where you are looking to replace an entire arch of teeth, you will likely be choosing full dentures. The full denture appliance for the top and bottom differ slightly in shape and appearance.
When replacing your upper arch, the denture that will be crafted for you will feature a complete set of artificial teeth that sit firmly on top of a flesh-colored acrylic base that will cover the mouth’s gums and roof. This will allow the denture to rest firmly along the roof of your mouth. The denture created for your bottom arch is similar but will be crafted in a shape similar to a horseshoe. This is done because it cannot cover your tongue.
If you are missing just a few teeth, partial dentures are made available to fill the gap. The American Dental Association states that there are several ways by which a partial denture is held in place. The most conventional and widely-used method uses metal clasps that grip the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Another option by which the partial denture adheres to the adjacent natural teeth is using a less noticeable precision attachment.
As their name implies, implant support dentures use dental implants for a stable, secure fit to the mouth. In contrast, this form of denture offers benefits that a non-implant denture cannot. Over multiple visits, the dental implant procedure will be planned out and performed. Once you have your dental implants in place, your dentures will be crafted to attach to the implants.
Dr. Gloria Serrano and the friendly team at South Knox Dental would love to welcome you into their office to discuss denture options with you. Whether you are looking to replace a few missing teeth or an entire arch, South Knox Dental will be able to help you through their range of available denture options. The practice is at 6555 Chapman Highway in Knoxville, Tennessee, and can be reached via phone at (865) 302-3848. Please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Serrano so you can start the journey toward a complete and natural-looking smile!