Custom dentures in Greenwood, SC can make you smile again
If you are missing some or all your teeth, it may be embarrassing to smile in front of others, or even difficult to do daily tasks like eating and speaking normally. Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, a dentist in Greenwood, SC, understands how much of a toll tooth loss takes on your self-confidence, which can have negative ripple effects on all areas of your life. That’s why he provides beautiful, natural-looking dental restorations, including partial and full dentures, to make you smile again! People will notice a difference in not only your smile but also your overall appearance, as dentures provide youthful fullness to your cheeks and help boost your confidence in social situations. To learn more about dentures, read on.
How dentures work
Dentures are one of the most affordable tooth replacement options for patients who are missing multiple teeth. They are removable prosthetics that are custom designed to look and feel like your natural teeth, helping you get your beautiful smile back.
In addition to the role that they play in helping you chew your food and say speech sounds correctly, dentures can also play an important role in keeping your healthy teeth in the right position. Over time, if there is a gap created in your dental arch due to one or more missing teeth, your other teeth will tend to shift to fill in the gap. This can cause further issues down the road, such as uneven wear on your teeth and bite problems.
What dentures are made from
There are two main components to dentures: the pink portion that is designed to look like your natural gum tissues, and the prosthetic teeth. At Dr. Griffin’s dental practice, we use porcelain to fabricate the teeth in your dentures instead of other materials such as composite or acrylic. Porcelain very closely matches the luster and translucency of natural teeth and provides a strong, durable, reliable results. The pink portion of the dentures is fabricated from a material called Ivocap that is injected with high impact pink acrylic, which we custom-match to your gingival tissue color for the most natural-looking result.
To ensure the proper fit, we take multiple impressions and photographs of your mouth and then create a trial set of dentures to ensure that they look, feel, and fit just right. When you have given your approval on all the above, then we make your final custom dentures.
Types of dentures available
Historically, patients had limited options when it came to dentures, and they weren’t that great. Dentures in previous decades looked fake and unnatural, and there were limited options in terms of keeping dentures stable in your mouth. However, modern dental advances have given patients more options than ever before when they are considering dentures – in addition to beautiful-looking results.
- Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth, but not the whole arch. They are removable and consist of only the replacement teeth that are needed, which are connected to a gum-colored base that fits snugly into your mouth.
- Complete dentures are designed to replace a full arch of teeth. They are also fully removable and utilize natural suction in your mouth to stay in place. Some patients also choose to use denture adhesives with their complete dentures. Dentures for the upper arch of teeth typically cover the roof of your mouth.
- Implant-supported dentures were created to give patients who need dentures a more secure option, so they didn’t need to worry about issues such as slipping. Dental implants are surgically placed in strategic locations in your mouth, where they are then used to clip onto dentures for a firm, stable fit.
Schedule your personalized consultation
Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or are facing upcoming extractions, Dr. Griffin has options for you when it is time to replace your lost teeth. While dentures are a wonderful, affordable option for many patients, some patients wish for more permanent restorations such as implants or dental bridges. Dr. Griffin will conduct a thorough evaluation of your mouth to determine which restorations will work well for you, and will take the time to walk through the pros and cons of each option to help you determine the option that best fits your needs and preferences.Back to Blog Page