Are you missing a few teeth? Or maybe you're missing all of your teeth? Here at Dr. Eichhorn's office, we provide many ways of replacing missing teeth. In this page, we will discuss the option of creating beautiful, custom-made, dentures. If you aren't sure if you need a denture, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options. Give us a call at 501-268-5115 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Eichhorn.
WHAT IS A DENTURE?
A denture is like the one shown in the picture above. Full dentures are used to replace all of a patients missing teeth. If you are interested in knowing about same-day-dentures, click here to be taken to the appropriate page.
DO I NEED DENTURES?
The obvious reason you would need dentures would be if you don't have any teeth and are wanting to replace them. The only other reason you may need dentures would be if the rest of your teeth have been compromised due to decay or infection and therefore require your remaining teeth to be extracted. Teeth that are non-salvageable are always a health risk. If you are unaware of the condition of your teeth, we suggested making an appointment with D.r. Eichhorn to evaluate them. If you are a candidate for dentures and do not want to go without teeth, we offer immediate, or same-day, dentures. To find out more about immediate dentures, click here to be directed to the appropriate page.
ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS BESIDES DENTURES?
While dentures can be a lifesaver for a patient who has no teeth, or who needs to have all their teeth extracted, they also have a few cons. To name a couple, a full denture can be quite the learning curve as full dentures without something to hold them in (like implants) are prone to falling out or moving around in the mouth. Secondly, a full upper denture covers the pallet making it more difficult to taste food. So you might be asking, "Do I have other options for replacing missing teeth?". Yes, luckily as dental technology continues to advance, there are several other ways to replace missing teeth.
Alternatives to Full Dentures:
All-on-4 denture- While an All-on-4 is used as a full denture to replace all missing teeth, this type of denture is held in place with 4 implants and only covers the gum line, not the entire pallet. The denture is screwed into the implants to prevent any movement. And because the All-on-4 doesn't cover the pallet, there is no compromise to the taste of food.
Partial denture- If a patient still has some teeth, a partial denture is much preferred to a full denture because it is not as bulky, and will stay in the mouth by snapping onto the teeth around it. For more information about partial dentures, click here.
Bridges- Again, if a patient still has some teeth, a bridge can be used to replace missing teeth. A bridge consists of 3 or more crowns hooked together to "bridge" the gap. For more information about bridges, click here.
Immediate Dentures- If a patient still has remaining teeth, but they are unsalvageable due to decay or infection, we offer immediate dentures, otherwise known as same-day dentures. Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth on the same day that their remaining teeth are being extracted. If you are interested in knowing more about immediate dentures, click here.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING A DENTURE?
When making a new set of dentures, to ensure a perfect fit, there will be a series of four or so visits. If you still have teeth and are wondering about the processes to receiving same-day-dentures, click here. Below we break down what each visit will entail.
The first appointment- Dr. Eichhorn will take impressions of your gums to send to our lab to make a wax rim.
The second appointment- Once the lab has created a wax rim, Dr. Eichhorn will place it in your mouth to make sure the fit is correct.
The third appointment- During the third visit, the wax rim will have teeth added to it. This visit is where you will let us know if they like the aesthetics of the new denture, including the look and color of the teeth, and making sure the teeth line up nicely in your smile line. If you are pleased with the look, we will send it back to the lab to complete the denture. If you wanted to change anything about the denture, there would be another try in before the final denture is made.
The fourth appointment- This final visit you will receive the new denture.
Note: It is not uncommon to need slight adjustments made to the denture to improve the fit. If you find that the denture is causing sore spots in your mouth, call us to make an appointment to adjust your denture.