When you’ve reached the point where you’re situation is considered “terminal dentition” it’s probably been many years that you’ve struggled with your oral health. Terminal dentition refers to the time when your teeth are so diseased that they need to be replaced with something new. Terminal dentition occurs for a number of reasons such as gum disease, systemic diseases, loss of dental restorations, genetics, smoking, poor oral hygiene, prior tooth loss, and trauma. This condition doesn’t happen over night, and the important thing to remember is that there is hope! Your dentist in 30062 discusses the best way to treat terminal dentition.
What is a Denture?
A denture is removable appliance with prosthetic teeth that is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. It’s typically made of acrylic and can easily be removed at night for cleaning and sleeping. There’s a learning curve when you are first getting used to eating and talking with your new denture, but you will appreciate how it naturally complements your smile right away.
A partial denture, or partial, works well for patients who still may retain a few of their healthy teeth. Partials are also removable, with prosthetic teeth attached to an appliance that uses metal clasps that anchor to your healthy teeth. Partials are designed to “fill in the gaps” where teeth have been lost and are custom designed to match your existing teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Many patients are choosing to go with implant supported dentures for a more secure fit. These dentures utilize four dental implants, which are placed on both the upper and lower arches. These implants create a stable foundation that the denture can “snap” into. Implanted supported dentures create a secure fit that allows you talk, chew and eat without the worry of your denture slipping or moving. This greatly reduces the learning curve.
For decades, Elite Dentistry has been helping patients navigate the decisions of a terminal dentition diagnosis. If you’re considering Marietta dentures, Dr. Ruth Clemans and Dr. Caitlin Mercke understand that this can be an emotional time and overwhelming decision for you to make. We’re here to listen to your goals and concerns for your oral health and help you to select the treatment that is best for your needs.
If you’re thinking about implant supported dentures, Dr. Clemans can place dental implants and create your denture or partial for you so you can receive your entire treatment from start to finish surrounded by our caring team that you know and trust. We want this process to be as seamless and stress-free as possible for you, so you can reclaim your oral health and confidence once again. Contact our office today to learn more about your options.