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By James Hutson, DDS, PC
September 07, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Find out what kind of dentures could help treat your tooth loss and restore your smile.

Partial DentureYou are dealing with tooth loss and you believe that dentures are the best oral prosthetic to replace those missing teeth. Perhaps you’ve done plenty of online research and you’ve weighed the pros and cons of getting dentures, a dental bridge or dental implants, and decided that dentures may align best with your needs and current health status. Now is the time to turn to our Marietta, GA, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Hutson, for a consultation to find out more about dentures and whether they are right for you.

What are dentures?

Okay, so we know that most people understand what dentures are. After all, these oral prosthetic devices have been around for centuries. Of course, modern-day dentures offer a better fit and feel than they once did, making them more comfortable and easier to wear than ever before. Dentures consist of a pink plastic base with false teeth. The pink base is created to resemble gum tissue and may either be held in place through suction or with metal clasps.

What are the different types of dentures?

It’s now important to understand that there are several different types of dentures from which to choose in Marietta, GA, and understanding them better will help you decide the best option for you:

Full Dentures

This is your best option if you are missing all of your teeth on the upper or lower jaw or both. Full dentures can last anywhere from five to 10 years with the proper care and maintenance and are the best option for someone dealing with total tooth loss.

Partial Dentures

If you are missing some teeth but still have some healthy natural teeth remaining then getting partial dentures will be the best option. Placing these dentures will help prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into the open gap.

Fixed Dentures

When we think of dentures we often think about having to take them out each and every night. While this is the norm, there are some situations where the dentures will be fixed in place. One example is a fixed dental bridge, in which dental crowns are cemented to natural teeth on either side of the gap to support a false tooth in the middle.

Dental implants can also be surgically placed within the jawbone to support and hold dentures in place. Of course, with implant-supported dentures, you will still need to take your dentures out every night before bedtime.

Are you dealing with tooth loss in Marietta, GA, and interested in finding out whether dentures are the best approach for restoring your smile? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. James Hutson and staff pride themselves on providing the very best in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Schedule a consultation with us today.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
September 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: missing teeth  
PeopleBornwithMissingTeethcanStillGainaBeautifulSmile

When you look at the top row of a normal smile, you'll see symmetrical pairs: the central incisors in the middle, flanked by the lateral incisors and the canine (or eye) teeth on the outside of them.

Sometimes, though, teeth may not form as they should: in fact, it's one of the more common congenital defects with one in five people having missing or deformed teeth, often the upper lateral incisors. In the latter case, it's not uncommon for the eye teeth to drift into the missing lateral incisors' spaces next to the central incisors. This creates a smile even a layperson can tell is off.

There is a way to treat this with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry that will transform that person's smile while restoring better mouth function too. It's often a long process, however, that's best begun early and must be precisely timed with dental development.

Using braces, we move the drifted teeth back to their proper positions, which will make room for a future dental restoration. It's usually best to begin this treatment during late childhood or early adolescence. The next step is to fill the newly-created space with prosthetic (false) teeth.

Dental implants are an ideal choice since they're durable and life-like, and won't require permanent alteration of adjacent teeth. They do, however, require a certain amount of bone volume at the site to support them; if the volume is insufficient we may have to place a bone graft to stimulate new growth.

It's also best not to install implants until the jaw has finished development, usually in the late teens or early adulthood. In the interim between tooth repositioning and implants we can customize a retainer or other removable appliance with a false tooth to occupy the space. This not only enhances the smile, it also prevents the repositioned teeth from drifting back.

These steps toward achieving a new smile take time and sometimes a team of specialists. But all the effort will be rewarded, as a person born without teeth can have a new smile and improved oral health.

If you would like more information on treating dental development deficiencies, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”



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