Missing multiple teeth can be devastating to your oral health, confidence, nutrition, and overall health and well being. It’s also a downward spiral for more tooth loss, and your situation may start to feel hopeless. The good news however, is there are options for restoring your smile and your health with Mankato dentures, and Dr. James Kalina can help!
What is a Denture?
Typically made of acrylic, a denture is a removable appliance that is designed to restore an entire arch of teeth. A denture utilizes suction to your jaw or a dental adhesive to stay in place. When you’re missing most of your teeth it can change the appearance of your face; so while there is a learning curve as you’re adjusting to your new appliance, you’ll immediately appreciate how it restores your look and your smile.
What is a Partial Denture?
A partial denture is also removable and is a great option for patients who still retain many of their own natural teeth. Using metal clasps that anchor to healthy teeth, a partial uses prosthetic teeth to fill in the open spaces like a puzzle. You’ll enjoy restored form and function with your new partial, and it’s easily removed for cleaning and care. A partial is custom shaded to match your existing teeth and naturally complete your smile.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants can be used to help support a denture and provide a more stable and secure fit. Biocompatible titanium posts are strategically placed into your jawbone during a surgical procedure. Your denture is designed to “snap” into these implants after the appropriate healing period has passed.
Because the implants integrate with your bone, they not only support your new denture and keep it from moving or slipping; they also help to keep your jawbone healthy and stimulated. This helps to protect your jawbone from resorption, or deterioration, which protects your oral health.
Dr. Kalina can help you restore your smile with dentures in Mankato. He can determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants and walk you through treatment from start to finish if you’re considering implant supported dentures. He’ll be happy to discuss all treatment options available to you, so you can select the best treatment plan for your needs, lifestyle and budget.
If you’ve struggled with missing teeth, it’s time to reclaim your smile and your health! Contact our office today to learn more about how Dr. Kalina can help you.