Dentures in Hickory, NC
A denture is a removable prosthetic that replaces missing teeth. There are two main types of dentures; complete and partial. Complete dentures are fabricated when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are fabricated when some of your natural teeth remain. They come in and out at night and can be kept clean easily, however they do significantly reduce your "chewability". Valley Hills Dentistry offers affordable dentures in Hickory, NC. Get complete or partial dentures from highly skilled dentist Dr. Wesley Shaw in Hickory, NC.
There are two separate types of removable complete dentures; immediate and conventional.
Immediate dentures are typically made when the patient’s existing natural teeth are being removed and the new dentures are being delivered the same day. These have the advantage of being quicker to make but compromise some level of fit.
Conventional dentures are typically made when all the natural teeth are missing or when existing dentures are being replaced. Conventional dentures tend to fit better than immediate dentures
A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. There are many types of partial dentures with varying advantages and disadvantages. The three main types offered at Valley Hills Dentistry are Cast Metal, Acrylic Resin, and DuraFlex partial dentures. At our location in Hickory, NC you may make an appointment to discuss what would potentially work best for you!
Restore Your Smile
Sometimes life happens and we lose teeth for any number of reasons. This could be caused by gum disease, tooth decay, injury, or infections. It is important to keep in mind that dentures are a replacement for missing teeth and will never be as good as natural teeth. What dentures can do for you is restore the natural look and shape of your smile, restoring your confidence and appearance.
Implants are an option in some cases. There needs to be sufficient bone for an implant. If there is not enough bone present, we may be able to add more bone through grafting. Implants are the closest thing in dentistry to replacing natural teeth.
After teeth are lost our bone starts to resorb away. The height and width of our bone and tissues is really what allows dentures to stay in place. In some patients who haven't had teeth for some time or who have been wearing a denture for a long time the dental ridge is absent and the denture will move despite our best efforts. Luckily many of the times we can utilize dental implants to help the denture stay in place. It is commonly recommended to place anywhere from 2-6 implants to snap the denture in and out depending on the scenario.