Restoring Your Smile's Appearance and Functionality
Dentures are dental prostheses that replace some or all of a patient's natural teeth. We understand the impact that tooth loss can have on a patient's quality of life. Dentures crafted at our Charleston practice can restore your ability to chew, speak, and smile with total confidence.
Often incorporated into a full mouth reconstruction, dentures come in many shapes, styles, and compositions. Our team of dental professionals knows how important the fit, look, and functionality of dentures are to patients. Made of the highest-quality materials, our dentures are created with special attention to each tooth, using exact measurements taken from the patient's mouth. Our dentures fit precisely, achieveing the look of pristine, natural teeth. Custom-crafted in our on-site laboratory, dentures can be created, adjusted, and repaired by our team much faster than practices that outsource denture production.
Types of Dentures
We offer several different kinds of dentures to meet a range of needs:
Traditional dentures are intended to replace all teeth within an arch. They are made of strong, long-lasting materials that provide a natural appearance. Traditional dentures rest upon the gums, held in place with a mild adhesive.
Partial dentures, also called dental bridges, replace one or more missing teeth, rather than an entire arch. Partials are traditionally clasped to fixed crowns on adjacent natural teeth, or attached to a dental implant.
Implant-supported dentures offer the highest level of stability and comfort. These full or partial dentures attach directly to dental implants, which are titanium posts surgically implanted in the jawbone. One of the greatest benefits of implant-supported dentures is that they will not slip out of place while you are eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures can also preserve the bone structure of the mouth, which can become weakened in the absence of tooth roots.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer many benefits over other restorative options, including:
- Functionality - Dentures improve speech and chewing abilities.
- Structure - Dentures can restore structural balance and a natural appearance to the face.
- Self-esteem - Tooth loss often has a substantial impact on a patient's self-confidence. The smile is one of the most noticeable features of the face, intrinsically connected with a person's self-image. Dentures restore this confidence by making your smile look healthy and natural.
- Relief of Jaw Stress - The jaw is designed to rest with the upper and lower jaws aligned. When a patient is missing one or more teeth, the jaw rests differently, which can create jaw tension and pain. Dentures realign the bite and can relieve soreness.
Because we have a dental laboratory on-site, we create custom dentures relatively quickly. Dentures are crafted using molds and impressions of teeth that are taken during a preparatory visit to our office. These measurements take into consideration the shape and size of a person's face to ensure that the size of the dentures are appropriate. We take great care in the selection and positioning of each individual tooth in a set of dentures, to ensure the best possible comfort, appearance, and functionality.
Once dentures are created, Dr. John Rink will ensure that they fit properly within the mouth. Dentures should feel comfortable and look natural. Any necessary adjustments can usually be performed immediately. We understand that patients want to enjoy their new smiles as soon as possible, and we strive to create the highest quality dentures in a relatively short amount of time.
For more information on dentures, or any of our other restorative dentistry options, contact our Charleston offices today.