Tooth loss can mean giving up the foods you love and even feeling self-conscious about your smile. Poor nutrition puts your overall health at risk, and feeling bad about the way you look can impact your social life.
At Leech Family Dentistry, we provide solutions for missing teeth so our patients can enjoy smiling and eating the foods they love – some of our favorite things!
Dentures have long been one of the most dependable ways for patients to replace missing teeth and complete their smiles.
When you face extraction of all of your teeth, a complete (full) denture can provide a practical solution. Complete dentures replace all your teeth on your upper arch, lower arch, or both, depending on your needs. Dr. Leech takes great care to ensure that your denture will feel comfortable and that your smile gives you confidence.
Full dentures consist of a pink resin base to mimic the appearance of your gums and artificial teeth to provide you with a stable chewing surface. Denture teeth today look natural and come in a wide variety of options to match your facial features, age, and gender.
Your dentures require special care. Use only cleansers designed especially for dentures and lukewarm water to rinse them. Cleaning them regularly is essential to address the build-up of tartar and bacteria.
At your regular dental exams, we will examine your denture to make sure it is free of damage and fits well. Your bone will change over time, and you may need a denture reline or a replacement denture if the fit changes. Gaining and losing weight can even affect the fit of your denture, so let us know if something feels different or uncomfortable.
If you still have some of your remaining teeth, we can replace your missing teeth with a partial denture and use your natural teeth to anchor it in place. Partial dentures come in a wide variety of materials from pink resin to metal and even flexible options. Dr. Leech will discuss your options with you and make a recommendation to meet your needs.
Partial dentures depend on your remaining natural teeth for stability, so excellent oral care is essential to maintaining your smile.
For patients who want added stability or who have difficulty with the fit of dentures, we offer implant-supported dentures as a great solution. We can place a few (usually 2, 4 or 6) dental implants and create dentures that “lock in” to place. Many of our patients appreciate the option of combining the economics of dentures with the stability of dental implants.
Our Murfreesboro dental team looks forward to providing a solution to missing teeth that will work best for you. Give us a call to schedule an exam with Dr. Jeff Leech and take the first step toward a healthy, beautiful smile.