Tooth loss affects your oral health, appearance, and function. For many, it is also a source of self-consciousness.
Removable full or partial dentures can replace missing teeth to restore your bite and boost your confidence.
Dentist David Babb provides both traditional and implant-supported dentures at his Beaufort, SC, practice. Take a closer look…
Dentures by Dr. Babb
PROVIDE MANY IMPORTANT BENEFITS
Dr. Babb provides dentures that are hand-finished by skilled technicians in a trusted lab. You can expect your dentures to provide a wealth of benefits, including:
Our custom dentures provide support to the lips and cheeks just like natural teeth, taking years off of your appearance by counteracting the “sunken” look that results from lost teeth.
Gaps and spaces in your smile have a negative impact on your ability to perform daily tasks, including eating and speaking. Your custom dentures will restore your ability to chew and enunciate.
Dentures provided by our Beaufort, SC, dental practice can help you feel good about your appearance because they are customized to look natural. Others won’t notice your dentures – just your beautiful smile.
Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, our dental team can find a solution to meet your needs.
Whether you are missing a few teeth or all of your teeth, dentist David Babb can help. At our Beaufort, SC, practice , we can provide dentures that help patients suffering from:
Sporadic Tooth Loss
If you have suffered tooth loss in different areas, a partial denture can fill gaps and complete your smile.
Localized Tooth Loss
People with consecutive tooth loss (missing several teeth in a row) can benefit from a custom partial denture.
Complete Tooth Loss
Patients who have lost all of their teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both can restore their smile with a full denture.
Infected or Damaged Teeth
Left untreated, tooth decay and damaged teeth can take a serious toll on your appearance and oral health. If your teeth are too compromised to be restored, a denture can replace them.
Before a restoration can be placed, individuals must be free from periodontal disease. Resolving gum disease can be as simple as improving your brushing and flossing routine, but could require minor surgery in some cases.
Remaining Teeth Must Be Healthy
If you have any remaining teeth, they must be free of decay and able to contribute to chewing and speaking. If the teeth are too compromised, they will need to be extracted before you can receive your denture.
Just because dentures cannot decay doesn't mean they are a maintenance-free solution. Like teeth, dentures require special daily care in order to last and provide the best benefits. Dr. Babb will explain denture care during your consultation.
*According to the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.
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Types of Dentures
We offer a few types of dentures at our Beaufort, SC, practice. Your dentist will recommend a restoration based on your unique needs:
Full Traditional Dentures
A full denture consists of a gum-colored acrylic base with artificial teeth. These removable dentures rest on the gums and are held in place by a combination of suction and dental adhesives.
Partial dentures are an excellent option for those with some remaining healthy teeth. We provide partials made with Valplast®, a natural-looking material designed to achieve a snug fit among remaining teeth. Partials stay in place without the need for metal clasps.
Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that not only hold dentures firmly in place at all times, but also prevent the jawbone recession that happens in the absence of tooth roots. For the right candidates, implant dentures provide virtually the same level of function as natural teeth.
Non-implant dentures require at least two appointments. Here is what to expect during the process:
In some cases, individuals must resolve oral health issues prior to denture placement. This may require extractions, gum therapy, bone grafting, or other restorative treatments. This will add time to your total treatment.
Once any necessary preparatory procedures have been completed, your dentist will take dental impressions of your gums and any remaining teeth. Dr. Babb uses digital impressions, which are faster and more comfortable than traditional impressions.
Your impressions will be sent to our partner dental lab, where they will be used to craft your custom denture. A skilled lab technician will use high-quality materials and hand-finish your restoration for truly lifelike results and a precise fit.
In general, it takes an average of three weeks for the lab to fabricate your denture. Once complete, they will ship it back to our Beaufort office, where we will schedule you for a fitting appointment. Dr. Babb will make any necessary adjustments at that time to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
What About Implant Dentures?
Those who choose implant-supported dentures can expect a longer timeline. Dental implants will be placed into the jaw during an oral surgery appointment. Once placed, dental implants must integrate with the bone tissue over the course of three to six months before they can support a restoration. In the meantime, you will be provided with a temporary denture.
When the dental implants have completely integrated, abutments (connector devices) will be attached to each implant. These extend slightly above the gum line and serve as anchors for your new denture. Once the gums have healed, your dentist can begin crafting your denture.