Dentures – Lincoln, NE
A Stable Solution for Missing Teeth
After substantial tooth loss, dentures complete the smile naturally and comfortably. This tooth replacement method has never been better than it is today -- and with the use of updated and advanced dental techniques, more people than ever are living fuller, happier lives thanks to a partial or complete denture. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Jennifer A. Reed provides expert care for patients seeking dentures in Lincoln.
Why Tooth Loss Is a Problem
Missing teeth pose more than a cosmetic issue. Did you know losing just one tooth increases your risk of experiencing further tooth loss? And having gaps in your smile make it difficult to eat a varied, nutritious diet. Self-confidence may also suffer as a result of missing teeth. The risk of gum disease, shifting teeth, and tooth decay increases for people who have an incomplete smile. It’s important to seek a prompt solution for tooth loss to avoid these and other issues.
But what solutions are available?
A denture stabilizes the smile, prevents any remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place, and allows you to continue eating the nutritious, varied diet that keeps you healthy and feeling great.
Complete and Partial Dentures
A complete denture is the solution when all the teeth have been lost in the upper or lower jaw. It is held in place by natural suction and possibly a denture adhesive. Partial dentures in Lincoln, retained by metal brackets, fit in with your remaining healthy natural teeth like a missing puzzle piece.
A denture can also be retained by dental implants for additional security and stability. Dental implants provide prosthetic roots for the denture that is affixed on top. For the significant benefits offered by dental implants -- including better oral health and the longest-lasting tooth loss solution -- Dr. Reed strongly recommends this option to healthy adult patients who are eligible for the procedure.
To be eligible, you must have enough bone density to support the denture that will fit on top of the implants. Without sufficient bone support, your implants will fail. It’s important to know that if necessary, you may be eligible for a bone grafting procedure if your bone doesn’t have enough stability. While this will prolong the process, it is not only worth it but necessary to ensure a successful dental implant placement.
A complete denture can be retained by as few as six dental implants.
What Is the Process for a Denture?
To create a traditional denture, we will take impressions or molds of your mouth, including around the gum line and any remaining natural teeth. This information is sent to our trusted lab, where your denture is crafted by an expert. It’s shipped back to us and you return to our office later to receive your new teeth. We will provide you with specific instructions on caring for your denture.
If you are getting implant-retained dentures, Dr. Reed will first surgically place each dental implant. A recovery period of four to six months is needed for the jawbone to heal -- you may wear a temporary denture during this time. Then, once your dental implants have healed, you can return to our office for their final restoration -- or when the denture is affixed on top.
Why is It Important to See a Prosthodontist for Dentures?
When it comes to your oral health and tooth replacement option, you’ll benefit more from seeing a prosthodontist in Lincoln like Dr. Reed than a general dentist. Why? If you want someone with extensive training, advanced education, and expertise, a prosthodontist will be able to equip your mouth with a denture or partial that fits correctly and restores optimal functionality.
Dr. Reed has a certificate of specialization in prosthodontics, and she completed advanced surgical and prosthetic training with Dr. Carl Misch.
She an active member of various dental organizations, including the American Prosthodontic Society and the American College of Prosthodontists.
Prosthodontists are trained in advanced techniques and procedures and can treat patients in a way that provides greater esthetics, so while your general dentist may be able to care for your oral health before and after receiving your dentures, it’s best if you leave the actual prosthetic placement to someone like Dr. Reed.
Talk to Your Dentist in Lincoln Today!
If you have suffered from significant tooth loss or if you are on the brink of tooth extraction, don’t wait to get started on your replacement. We can help with sturdy, natural-looking dentures. Request an appointment at Smile Specialties today!