By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
April 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

The American College of Prosthodontists, dentists who specialize in replacing missing teeth, estimates that 178 million Americans have denturesat least one missing tooth. In that large population, around 15 percent are completely toothless (edentulous). Results include lack of self-confidence, poor chewing and speaking and jaw bone recession.

How can people regain their smiles? Dr. Mazhar M. Butt, Carbondale, IL dentist, offers state-of-the-art restorative dental services which fill smile gaps and re-create stable, strong, beautiful teeth for best appearance and normalized oral function. He crafts partial and full dentures using precise diagnostic and imaging techniques and the finest materials available.

What is a Partial Denture?

A partial denture spans the gap created by loss of one or more teeth right in a row. Made from tooth-colored resin and mounted on a Vitallium metal frame, a "partial" anchors to adjacent teeth with clasps. Removable, comfortable and individually crafted for best fit, bite and appearance, the partial denture allows a patient to smile, eat and speak with confidence. With good care, this appliance lasts 10 years or more.

What are Full Dentures?

A full denture replaces a complete top or bottom arch of teeth. Held in place by the mouth's natural suction, or supported by dental implants surgically placed in the jaw, a full denture allows a patient to chew properly, speak clearly and look youthful.

Sometimes, Dr. Butt places immediate full dentures right after tooth extraction. These prosthetics actually provide some gentle pressure to sutured gums, helping to quell bleeding. They also allow the patient to leave the dental office with a full set of teeth in place. As healing progresses and gums and bone shrink, the fit of an immediate denture changes, requiring relining for more accurate fit.

Conventional dentures are placed after oral tissues are completely healed. This ensures a better, longer-lasting fit.

The Denture Process

After Dr. Butt and the patient determine which option is best, the Carbondale dentist takes oral impressions and sends a treatment plan to an outside lab. A skilled denture technician crafts the denture based on diagnostic imaging and Dr. Butt's instructions. Dr. Butt takes great care to ensure proper fit, bite balance and aesthetics; so the patient can expect a few dental visits to adjust a denture after initial placement.

What's Right for You?

Together, you and Dr. Mazhar Butt determine what tooth replacement option is best for your oral health and overall well-being. Regain your smile! Call Dr. Butt's friendly team today, and schedule your one-on-one denture consultation. Phone (618) 457-2123.