Dentures – Spring Hill, TN

Replace Missing Teeth with New Ones

A smiling man getting dentures in Spring Hill

Depending on the situation, you may be missing a few pearly whites. There’s no shame if you are — tooth loss can happen to anyone! Still, lacking teeth can make things like eating and speaking a challenge. Fortunately, though, you can always try dentures in Spring Hill! Those offered by Family Dental Associates of Spring Hill are great at restoring even the most broken smiles. To learn more about them, just keep reading or book a visit to our office.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Beyond tooth loss, it doesn’t take much to be a good dentures candidate. Most patients can get treatment regardless of how many teeth they’ve lost. That said, you should still attend an in-person consultation at our office. Drs. Allen and Jewell can settle for sure whether dentures suit you. As for how they’d do so, the vetting process is pretty straightforward. Just keep reading to learn more about it, or call us for the details.

Effects of Missing Teeth

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As a precaution, the consultation starts by reviewing tooth loss’s causes and effects. This step helps you grasp how treatment could benefit your oral health.

Ultimately, people can lose teeth for a wide range of reasons. A patient’s tooth could, for instance, decay so much that it falls out or needs extraction. Another person may suffer gum disease, which wears down the bone and tissue holding teeth in place. Yet others could have their teeth knocked out from physical force, likely due to a sports injury or accident.

Despite the variety of causes, tooth loss’s effects are consistently harsh. Losing teeth almost always makes everyday tasks – eating, speaking, smiling, etc. – harder. Worse yet, the gaps caused by missing teeth erode your jaw. (This erosion then triggers facial collapse if left alone.) Those same spaces can subsequently cause even more tooth loss.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

A close-up of a young man with missing teeth

As said earlier, most patients can qualify for dentures if they lack teeth. There are, however, other qualifying factors to consider.

Your general oral health is one such consideration. For example, dentures only work if a patient’s gum and jaw tissues are healthy enough. A good treatment candidate is thus strongly committed to dental care. Furthermore, tooth loss isn’t the only condition dentures can treat. These restorations can also replace sensitive or decaying teeth.

The number of missing teeth is also a relevant fact. Depending on how many are gone, you’ll need one of two possible denture types. One might be the partial denture, which only replaces a few teeth. In contrast, you may need a full one if all (or most) of your pearly whites along an arch are missing.

Money is also a vital issue to assess in denture treatment. New teeth, after all, don’t come free; they have an attached expense. Luckily, it so happens that dentures are cheaper than

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

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In the event you’re not a good dentures candidate, don’t worry. We at Family Dental Associates of Spring Hill have other tooth replacement options. In fact, there are two such procedures you could try. These are:

  • Dental Bridges – Fixed restorations, dental bridges are made of two (or more) crowns fused to a pontic. They only replace one or a few teeth, so they rely on natural pearly whites to support themselves.
  • Dental Implants – Dental implants are prosthetic teeth placed in the jawbone. As such, they gradually fuse with the jaw over time. However, this fusion requires healthy bone tissue and can make implant treatment expensive.

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Types of Dentures

The types of dentures in Spring Hill

Before getting dentures, you must first talk with Dr. Allen or Dr. Jewell at a consultation. Doing so gives her a chance to learn your smile goals, medical history, and more. From there, she can determine the type of denture that works best for you.

Partial Dentures

Per their name, partial dentures only replace a few pearly whites in your mouth. They’re normally removable and rely on natural, adjacent teeth for support.

In general, partial dentures’ bases are made of plastic (resin), cast metal, or porcelain. Regardless, though, these materials are usually color-matched to your gums.

Full Dentures

Unlike a partial one, a full denture restores an entire arch of teeth. That being the case, it doesn’t rely on natural teeth to remain secure. Rather, it uses natural suction to stay in your mouth over time.

Full dentures have the same materials for their bases as other kinds. Still, an added perk is that they’re custom-made to fit comfortably over your gums.

Implant Dentures

As you might expect, implant dentures are connected to dental implants. The latter are restorations that fuse with your jaw.

Thanks to their implants, implant dentures are more permanent than other options. For that reason, they don’t slip or fall when you eat or speak. Better yet, their stability lets them restore more of your bite force. Given such traits, these dentures are a great alternative for patients who aren’t happy with traditional models.

The Benefits of Dentures

A woman enjoying her dentures in Spring Hill

With dentures from Spring Hill, you can expect to receive various perks. These include:

  • A Natural-Looking Smile: Dentists customize each denture for their patients, meaning the prosthetics always look lifelike and beautiful.
  • A Fuller Face: Implant dentures help preserve your jawbone’s density. As such, they prevent facial collapse and keep your face youthful.
  • Easier Eating: By filling out your smile and restoring your bite, implant dentures let you eat your favorite foods.