How can we help you?
At Cook Family Dentistry, we feel that you deserve to be fully informed about every aspect of your treatment. That is why we always take the time necessary to answer all your questions. Whatever your question, we've got the answer!
Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but we encourage you to contact us if yours is not shown below.
If you are missing all of your teeth on either the top or bottom (or both), complete dentures are one way to replace them. Complete dentures have been around for many, many years, and they have definitely improved over the years. They can provide an "instant facelift" by adding volume under previously shrunken cheeks and lips, and the teeth can be custom made to the patient's preference. They are also a relatively inexpensive way to regain some chewing ability, as well as personal confidence.
Disadvantages of Dentures
Some of the disadvantages of dentures include the fact that they are removable, and they can take a while to get used to. Upper dentures usually cover the entire roof of the mouth to ensure their strength and stability, and lower dentures tend to be loose-fitting and uncomfortable for many patients. Fortunately for many patients, these disadvantages can be addressed with implants! By allowing the denture to be snapped onto implants, their fit is much improved, the roof of the mouth does not have to be covered, and perhaps most importantly, the jawbone is preserved by the implants.
Please do not hesitate to call us at (205) 326-6384 if you have any questions about your smile and how we might be able to help!
If you are unhappy with the stability of your dentures, you will be pleased to know that both the materials and the process for creating dentures have vastly improved in recent years. Now we are no longer limited to an ill-fitting, one-size-fits-all solution for replacing missing teeth.
The most important part of the dentures process is the planning stage. You should love not just the fit and feel, but also the appearance of your dentures, so we take our time to ensure that you are thrilled with the outcome. A significant improvement in fabricating dentures is the availability of digital imaging technology that provides us with highly accurate, detailed images of your teeth and jaw.
Advanced Denture Technology
Materials have also improved to the point that we can customize every detail of your denture, down to the color of the gums and the positioning of each tooth. The natural-looking teeth sit on an acrylic base that is designed to match your natural gum color. The base is softer than those made years ago, so it conforms closely to your gums. A denture that is customized for your mouth will fit comfortably and should only require natural suction to hold it in place.
If you regularly use adhesive and still have problems with full or partial dentures that shift and move, it might be a good time to call our Birmingham dental office for a consultation. We will be happy to speak to you about creating new dentures as well as the option of adding mini dental implants to hold them securely in place.