Restoring Payson, UT smiles with dentures
The American College of Prosthodontics estimates that 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million are entirely toothless. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of tooth replacement options, including dentures from Gunnerson Dental in Payson, UT. We offer several different types to meet the varying needs of our patients.
Also called a full denture, this is a dental appliance that replaces all upper or lower teeth. Traditional dentures fit over the gums, and in the case of an upper denture also the roof of the mouth. They are custom designed to perfectly fit the contours of the soft tissue, which creates a natural suction. Ideally, this suction holds the denture firmly in place. However, some patients use denture adhesive for a more secure fit, especially for lower denture. The denture is composed of a full set of beautifully life-like teeth set in a gum-colored (pink) base.
This can be a good solution for individuals who are missing some, but not all, of their teeth. Like a traditional full denture, it is a single, removable appliance containing multiple prosthetic teeth. However, the partial denture does not cover soft tissue. Instead, the replacement teeth are attached to a thin, lightweight frame. It clasps around existing teeth, holding it securely in place. We carefully match the color, shape, and size of your new teeth to blend perfectly with natural ones, for a flawless smile.
Some patients want a more secure solution than standard dentures. They are looking for a solution that feels like natural teeth, and enables them to eat, sing, and laugh without worries of an appliance slipping. In such cases, we recommend dental implants, which are essentially prosthetic tooth roots. They are implanted into the bone, creating a solid and secure foundation. Implants can support individual prosthetic teeth, partial dentures, or full dentures.
The importance of replacing missing teeth
Dentures can improve your health and quality of life in a variety of ways, including:
- For partial tooth loss, replacement can prevent shifting of remaining natural teeth.
- Speak clearly and confidently.
- Eat whatever you choose, and chew with ease.
- Restore the beauty of your smile.
Explore your options
Call us at (801) 658-0175 and schedule a consultation to find out if dentures are right for you.