Restorative Dentistry: Dentures – Kailua-Kona
Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons, including injury, decay, and various health conditions. If you lose a lot of teeth, it can adversely affect your overall dental appearance. On top of that, it can be very difficult to eat certain foods, you may have trouble speaking, and your facial features (particularly your lips and cheeks) can be adversely affected. That’s why many patients at our practice serving Kailua-Kona inquire about dentures. When you meet with Dr. Carter Yokoyama , he will determine if dentures will best meet your needs.
Dentures are sets of replacement teeth that are used when a person is missing many teeth in a row. Dentures are held in place by bracing around your gum and jawbone structure. The hold is generally secure, though it can be helped by use of dental adhesives. That said, an ever stronger hold is possible if you get dental implants to support your dentures.
Good Candidates for Dentures
Good candidates for dentures are people who are missing many teeth and do not have healthy teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. If a person is missing one tooth or a few teeth, the best option to consider is dental bridges. During your consultation at our Kailua-Kona practice, we’ll determine if dentures or another tooth replacement option is the best restorative dentistry treatment for you.
The Dentures Procedure
Getting dentures is a multi-step process, though it’s generally straightforward. During a consultation at our practice serving Kailua-Kona, we’ll start designing the denture by examining your dental health and taking impressions of your gum ridge. The denture will be crafted in a dental lab, with the contours, shapes, and colors of the denture mimicking the appearance of natural teeth.
Risks and Benefits of Dentures
The benefits of dentures are many. In short, dentures will restore the appearance of your smile by filling in tooth gaps. The dentures will also restore your bite strength and your ability to chew normally. If you had sunken or distorted facial features due to major tooth loss, dentures will remedy this issue.
There are few risks related to dentures. Though the denture is custom fit to you and your needs, there is the chance that the denture can slip free, even with the use of dental adhesives. This may be a hassle for some patients, though it is nothing too dire. As mentioned above, this can be eliminated if a patient opts to get dentures supported by dental implants.
Learn More About Dentures in Kailua-Kona
If you’re many teeth, partial dentures or full dentures may be just the solution you’re looking for. If you would like more information about full mouth reconstruction treatments such as dentures, be sure to contact our Kailua-Kona practice for restorative dentistry today. We all look forward to your visit and our discussion about your dental health.