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Dentures in Columbia Help Rebuild Your Smile

Senior couple with healthy smiles

At Beck Dental Care, we offer state-of-the-art dentures to help you rebuild your smile. Instead of spending your days worrying about how your missing teeth are affecting the look of your smile or dealing with painful, damaged teeth that need to be removed, you can get a new and wonderful smile with help from your Columbia dentist at Beck Dental Care. Whether you’re missing numerous teeth or you are fully edentulous (without teeth), it’s time to call us to schedule a tooth replacement consultation in our Columbia dentistry practice. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you learn to love your smile.

What Are Dentures?

Hand holding a full denture

Dentures are replacement teeth mounted on a polymer base to give them the appearance of natural teeth and gum tissue. Beck Dental Care works with a trusted modern dental lab to create your denture restoration. Our lab uses high-quality materials to create exceptionally lifelike dentures that will look, feel, and function like your natural smile.

Types of Dentures Available at Beck Dental Care

Senior man with healthy smile

At Beck Dental Care, we pride ourselves on our ability to help everyone who comes to see us for replacement teeth. Talk to Columbia dentist, Dr. Beck, Dr. Hart, or one of our team members about which denture option is best for your smile. We offer:

Partial Dentures

Model smile with partial denture

A partial denture is a dental prosthetic designed to replace multiple missing teeth while fitting in comfortably among a patient’s remaining teeth, much like a piece of a puzzle. They are all entirely custom-made, and they consist of ceramic teeth attached to a metal-support structure covered in a gum-colored material to help the denture blend in. They’re held in place within the mouth using small metal claps that loop around the remaining teeth.

Full Dentures

Full dentures in glass of wter

If you are missing an entire row of teeth on your upper and/or lower jaw, a full denture is a relatively quick and affordable way to replace them all at once. An acrylic, gum-colored base it used to support an entire row of prosthetic teeth, and it simply sits on top of the gums, staying in place thanks to natural suction and perhaps a little denture adhesive. With them, we can drastically improve a patient’s ability to speak and eat with confidence.

Temporary Dentures

Temporry denture

Sometimes, in order for a patient to get a denture, teeth need to be removed to create enough room for the device. After we have extracted your teeth, we’ll take an impression of your mouth to design your new denture. While the dentures are being made by a dental lab, we’ll fit you for a temporary denture, so you don’t have to go without teeth at any point. Once your final denture is complete, we’ll swap it out with your temporary one.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Model of implant retained denture

If your traditional, removable denture is not stable enough for you, then an implant-retained denture may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Four to six dental implants will be placed into your jaw, and they are designed to have a denture snap onto them. Compared to a regular denture, an implant denture has a much firmer hold, the fit lasts longer, and it also gives a patient a much stronger bite force. That means you can enjoy a wider range of foods and speak and smile with complete confidence in every situation. Best of all, implant dentures ensure optimal oral health by providing the stimulation necessary to maintain the jawbone density and gum tissue volume needed to hold the patient’s facial shape.

Learn More About Implant Retained Dentures

Hybrid Dentures & Overdentures

For patients who want to achieve the best of both options, hybrid dentures or overdentures may be a good option. These dental prosthetics are removable like traditional dentures, but they are snapped into place over the top of dental implant posts, allowing patients to remove the denture for ease of cleaning. Many patients find this option preferable, because they are in control of placing and removing their denture, and they can easily remove plaque buildup that can accumulate between the denture and gum line.

Dentures FAQs

We realize that you probably have some questions about the process of getting and adjusting to dentures, especially if this is your first experience with false teeth. We’re here to help you adapt to your new situation and address your concerns as thoroughly as possible. We’ve answered some of the questions we’ve received most frequently down below for your convenience, but you can always call us if there’s anything you want to know that isn’t covered here.

At What Age Will I Need Dentures?

Age is actually not necessarily the determining factor for whether or not you need dentures; not everyone will suffer from tooth loss. Of course, it is true that older people are generally more likely to need tooth replacements. Around 66% of adults between ages 40 and 64 are missing at least one tooth, and the American Dental Association found that nearly 57% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 need dentures. With that said, it’s still possible for younger patients to lose teeth in an accident or due to poor oral hygiene. We will recommend dentures based on the state of your mouth rather than your age.

Is It Okay to Sleep with Dentures?

You’ll usually told to sleep with your dentures for the first night. Afterwards, you should make a habit of removing them and storing them in cleaning solution whenever you go to bed. This is because supporting your dentures all day can take a toll on your gums, leading to soft tissue irritation. Taking out your dentures periodically gives your mouth a chance to heal. Something else to consider is the fact that bacteria tend to breed in dark, moist, enclosed spaces – such as the area between the dentures and the gums. Wearing false teeth for too long has been known to result in higher levels of gum and tongue plaque; it’s much more hygienic to take them out at night.

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

Getting dentures is by no means a painful process. Some discomfort in the form of minor irritation is to be expected while you’re first getting used to your new teeth. It can take a few months to fully adjust to dentures, but sooner or later any discomfort should fade away. Note that if you get a new set of dentures, it might take you a little longer to get used to them compared to your old set.

What Will My Diet Be Like with Dentures?

When you’ve lost all or most of your teeth, dentures allow you to eat a wider variety of foods so that you can continue to maintain a healthy diet. There are certain foods that you need to be careful around. Peanut butter and similarly sticky foods can pull dentures out of place, while nuts, unsliced apples, and other hard foods might break them. Also, because dentures don’t have the same strength as natural teeth, steak and other tough meats will require more chewing than usual, so make sure that you cut them into small pieces first.