If you are contemplating the idea of dentures, or have just heard that they are a realistic solution for your needs, take a few words of good advice. What are those words? Simply put, they are “don’t panic”. Today’s dentures are nothing like those of twenty years ago, and at the dentist office of James Schmidt, DDS in St. Louis, MO, patients enjoy a wealth of different options.
The Variety in Dentures
As indicated, dentures are nothing like they once were, and if you are panicked at the idea of poorly fitting, obvious and unnatural looking “plates”, you can stop worrying. Instead, you can know that these appliances are some of the most modern, effective, natural-looking and comfortable options available. In our dental office, you can see the doctor as a restorative dentist and discuss:
- Full and partial dentures
- Implant supported dentures
- Other restorations like dental implants, root canals, crowns and bridges
While a dental implant is going to be a remarkable option, if that is not possible due to issues like bone loss, budget limits or your desire for a simpler solution, then dentures are a wonderful thing. You may find you require them because disease, damage or age has cost you several teeth in any arch – or even all of them.
The dentures available will include the full sets for those who are without teeth in the upper or lower jaws, or both. You can also get partials if you have lost several teeth in a row on one arch. When you opt for implant supported dentures, you are combining two superior solutions that work together to support bone and gum tissue retention as well as offering full use of the jaw and teeth.
Our restorative dentist is going to be able to tell you just which solutions are ideal for your needs. It is important to remember, though, that dentures do more than just let you look “natural”. They also support the soft tissue of the face, helping to prevent any tooth loss from making you look prematurely aged. They also enable you to speak and eat like before. This is crucial to your mental and emotional well-being in addition to your overall health and fitness. Many patients are upset at large gaps in their smiles or entire sets of missing teeth. Getting a removal dental appliance or even one held in place with implants alleviates this upset.
Getting them is quite simple, though it can require multiple visits to our dental office. We begin with detailed molds of your teeth and specific measurements of your jaw and face. We then have custom dentures made in a lab and you return for a fitting. If any sizing is needed, we send them to the lab to complete the changes, and we keep at it until your appliance fits well, functions fully and looks great.
Restore Your Smile with Dentures
Now that you know a bit more about dentures, it is time to talk with a dentist in St. Louis about the treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 314-968-7979 or by visiting our contact page. Read our FAQs to learn more about dentures.