Dentures are dental appliances that can replace several missing teeth or an entire dental arch. At Amity Gentle Dental in Amity, AR, we can provide attractive partial and complete dentures to restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Dr. Chester V. Clark, Jr. is a biologic dentist who focuses on whole body health. He recognizes how important dental function is to your health and can design a set of custom dentures to suit your specific needs. We can also provide a set of dentures supported by high-quality, biocompatible dental implants.
A denture consists of artificial teeth supported by a flesh-colored acrylic base, which fits over your gums. Depending on the extent of tooth loss, you may need a partial or full denture.
Full dentures are appropriate for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in either or both jaws. In the upper jaw, the base of the denture covers your entire palate, while in the lower jaw, the base is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Partial dentures also consist of an acrylic base and prosthetic teeth. They are intended for patients who have lost some, but not all, of their teeth. Dr. Clark may recommend a denture held in place by adjacent healthy teeth or dental implants.
During an appointment at our office, Dr. Clark can perform a comprehensive evaluation with x-rays and scans of your jaw and recommend the best solution to restore your oral health. You can discuss your goals and budget with him at this time. He may recommend you undergo dental implant placement to obtain an implant-supported denture, as this type of restoration offers significant benefits over traditional dentures.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, a set of customized dentures from Amity Gentle Dental can restore the natural form and function of your smile.
If you decide to proceed with traditional dentures, we will take impressions of your gums and any remaining teeth and send the information to a trusted dental laboratory. Since our dentures are custom-crafted to match your needs, it generally takes a couple of weeks for dentures to return from the lab. When they are complete, Dr. Clark can make any final adjustments to ensure you are satisfied with the results.
If you elect to receive an implant-supported denture, the process of receiving your prosthetic will be different and include implant placement surgery. The timeline for implant-supported restorations is typically between three and six months.
It may take a couple of weeks, or even months, for you to become comfortable with your new dentures. They may feel loose or bulky until the muscles in your cheeks and tongue become accustomed to holding the restoration in place. Some patients also experience extra saliva production, minor irritation, or soreness while they adjust.
With proper care, your dentures can last for many years. However, they may require relining, rebasing, or other repairs. Dr. Clark can advise you on the most effective care methods at our office. We recommend brushing your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush. In addition, you should keep your dentures in a cleanser solution or plain, cool water when they are not in place to prevent them from drying out.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, a set of customized dentures from Amity Gentle Dental can restore the natural form and function of your smile. For more information about traditional dentures or a restoration supported by dental implants, contact our office online or call us at (870) 342-5265 today.
439 E. Thompson St
Amity, AR 71921
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