Restore Your Smile with Dentures

If you need to restore multiple teeth, Dr. Wesley Lynch provides a variety of dentures at his Ruston, LA, dental practice. Whether you are looking for the affordability of traditional dentures or the durability of implant-supported dentures, our compassionate and skilled team can help refine your smile, and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to learn whether the restorative power of dentures is right for your treatment needs.

Understanding Dentures

Dentures are a removable dental prosthetic used to replace multiple missing teeth. Patients can replace their teeth with either a partial denture, which fills in several missing teeth in a row, or a complete denture, which substitutes an entire upper or lower arch. Dr. Lynch offers both traditional and implant-supported dentures to patients, each with its own unique set of benefits.

Illustration of implant-supported and traditional dentures.

Traditional

Conventional dentures are typically comprised of a set of artificial teeth, set into a gum-colored base. Complete sets are held in place with a combination of suction and dental adhesives, while a partial denture is often affixed with a permanent dental bridge or a metal framework that fits around neighboring teeth. As a result, traditional dentures are usually the most affordable dental prosthetic option.

Developed from a series of impressions of the jaw and teeth, customized traditional dentures may take about 8 to 12 weeks to create. If teeth must be extracted beforehand, patients may need to wait for their gums to heal before using their dentures. If necessary, Dr. Lynch can provide temporary prosthetics until the dentures are ready.

Implant-supported

Implant-supported dentures are held in place with dental implants, which are artificial teeth affixed directly into the jawbone with metal posts. As a result, they are often more comfortable and more durable than traditional options. However, they can take much longer to place, depending on whether you can immediately receive implants, or if you require preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting.

Osseointegration is an important, and timely, part of the process. This is when the implant posts fuse to the jawbone, which takes three to six months. The overall timeline for receiving implant-supported dentures can take anywhere from six months to one year. 

Lost teeth can lead to a loss of jaw strength and cheek definition. Dentures may support defined cheeks and a stronger jawline, which can have a substantial impact on your appearance.

Once placed, implants can help restore jawbone health. In a healthy mouth, the constant movement of tooth roots stimulates the body to direct nutrients to the mouth. When we lose teeth, we also lose the stimulation and the resulting nutrients, which leads to a weakened jawbone. Implants mimic original teeth, thus encouraging the body to redirect nutrients back to the jaw and rebuild the jawbone.

Benefits of Dentures

In addition to increased jawbone strength, you can take advantage of a number of other benefits with dentures, including:

  • Improved ability to eat: With dentures, patients can once again eat their favorite foods. While traditional dentures can take some time to adjust to, and may require more attentive eating, both traditional and implant-supported restorations significantly improve a patient’s jaw strength.

  • Restored speech: Speaking clearly without teeth can be an exhausting and sometimes embarrassing exercise. By replacing lost teeth, your dentures can significantly clarify your speech.

  • Aesthetic appeal: Lost teeth can lead to a loss of jaw strength and cheek definition. Dentures may support defined cheeks and a stronger jawline, which can have a substantial impact on your appearance.

Restore Your Smile Today 

Dr. Lynch and his qualified team believe that "you're never fully dressed without a smile." Contact our dental practice today to learn more about dentures and how to make your smile its very best. 

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