Dr. Stacy Goodwill has met many patients in our Fargo, ND, office who have lost some or all of their teeth. Others may need several teeth extracted, due to a facial trauma or severe decay or periodontal disease. The loss of their teeth often makes these patients feel self-conscious, and they may refuse to smile. Unfortunately, studies have shown that people who do not smile have a higher risk of suffering from depression. At Cornerstone Dental, we offer our patients with missing teeth several denture options to restore their smile and boost their confidence. We offer partial and full dentures, and can provide traditional or implant-supported models.
What Are Dentures?A denture consists of one or more prosthetic teeth attached to a gum colored base, which fits snugly against a patient’s gums. We offer patients a choice between several types of dentures, including traditional full or partial, dental implant-supported, and All-on-4®. Dr. Goodwill provides our patients who still have teeth remaining in their dental arch with traditional partial dentures. For those who need all of the teeth in an arch, or both arches, replaced, we offer full, or complete, dentures. Traditional dentures provide an excellent non-invasive option for replacing teeth. Implant-supported and All-on-4® dentures attach to tiny metal posts the oral surgeon surgically places in a patient’s jaw. Our doctors have years of experience placing all types of dentures, and will help you decide which option provides the best choice for your smile.
Types of DenturesPatients have several denture types to choose from, depending on how many teeth they need replaced and how invasive a procedure they are willing to endure. We proudly offer our patients the following denture options:
Partial DenturesOur doctor will typically recommend partial dentures when you have at least a few healthy teeth left in the arch. Partial dentures feature prosthetic teeth attached to a base of metal or acrylic and are secured to your remaining teeth with clasps. Partials with metal bases attach to healthy teeth left in the arch through the use of metal clasps. Acrylic partials work similarly, but the acrylic clasps exert less pressure on the healthy teeth they attach to, and their pink color resembles gum tissue, allowing them to blend in more naturally.
Full, or Complete, DenturesFull dentures, removable appliances that replace all of the teeth in an arch, will allow you to eat, speak and smile confidently. The doctors will use impressions of your mouth to custom design each denture so it fits snugly against your gums, allowing you to eat and speak comfortably. Full upper dentures may come in an open or closed palate form. A closed palate upper denture includes a plastic piece that fits snugly against the roof of your mouth and uses natural suction to stay in position. Some patients prefer closed palate uppers because they require no adhesives, however others report that their ability to taste their food decreases when wearing them. Open palate upper dentures and all lower dentures require dental adhesives to remain in position. Traditional dentures will not stimulate your jawbone, which means that, as time goes by, your jaw will naturally change shape. Because of this, you will need return to our office for an occasional relining of the denture, to retain a comfortable fit and a pleasing appearance.
Implant-Supported, ‘Snap-On’ DenturesSome of our patients desire dentures that require no adhesives. Others have worn traditional dentures in the past, and wish for a more stable, secure-fitting appliance. These patients have the option of choosing implant-supported dentures. For these dentures, the oral surgeon surgically implants tiny posts made of titanium into the patient’s jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. Patients must have enough bone density in the jaw to support the implants, or they may need to have a bone graft or sinus lift prior to implant surgery. The biocompatible implants fuse with the bone as the site heals, stimulating the jaw and preventing it from shrinking. The doctor places tiny connectors, called abutments, on the head of each implant. The denture snaps on and off of these connectors with ease, and they provide stability and security, with no slippage.
All-On-4® DenturesTo place these dentures, the oral surgeon must first place four implants in the front of the patient’s jaw, where the bone naturally grows denser. Rather than a removable appliance that snaps on and off of the implants, the oral surgeon permanently attaches a denture to the implants immediately after placing them. Once placed, only a dentist can remove these dentures. Because they provide superior stability and stay in the mouth at all times, many patients report that the All-on- 4® dentures feel the most like natural teeth.
All-on- 4® case completed by Dr. Goodwill.