Charles L. Smith DDS of Charleston, West Virginia, offers a full range of restorative dentistry services to customers throughout the surrounding areas to help correct oral problems.
Conventional Full Dentures
Full dentures are created and placed in the patient’s mouth after removing the remaining natural teeth in the upper, lower, or both jaws. Before placement, gums are allowed to heal entirely, which could require several months.
Immediate Full Denture
This appliance is placed in the mouth of the patient immediately following the extraction of the teeth, in the same visit. Several preliminary visits are required with the dentist and possibly an oral surgeon. These appointments are used to create the final dentures and to prepare the patient for the surgical visit. It is very important to note that patients will not be without teeth during the healing period.
Immediate full dentures will usually require a reline procedure to re-adapt the lining of the denture to the final contours of the healed tissue. In some situations, the immediate denture may function as an interim denture to accommodate chewing and appearance needs during healing. In these situations, a new, conventional denture will be created to replace the immediate denture.
Implant-Supported Full Denture
Complete dentures can be made to fit over dental implants, which serve as artificial roots in the manner of an over-denture. In some cases, attachments are placed on each implant and within the denture base to snap the denture in and out. In other cases, a bar is created to fit over the posts attached to the implants. In this situation, the retentive attachments are part of the bar and denture base, and the full denture snaps onto the bar.
Implants can preserve bone and minimize shrinkage of the bone and gum tissue , making it easier to wear a denture and preserve bone around an plant retained crown or bridge.
Restoration & Replacement
Modern dental services have seen remarkable advancement in the way that teeth can be restored and replaced, should the need arise. In just the last few years, there have been many exciting improvements in the materials and techniques. These advancements allow dentists to restore and replace teeth with natural looking materials, inlays, and crowns that look so much like real teeth that it is hard to tell the difference.
When you are undergoing a restorative dentistry procedure, it might be advantageous to undergo oral sedation to help keep you calm. This procedure is a safe, effective way to perform dental procedures in a caring environment for fearful or anxious patients. Nitrous oxide and conscious sedation with oral medications allow us to perform our procedures while you remain calm.