Throughout thousands of years of recorded history, people have used animal bones, ivory, seashells, stones, and many more things as substitutes for missing teeth.
Dentures are a staple of restorative dentistry, and modern dentures are better than they have ever been. Whether you need to replace some teeth or all of your teeth, you have options when it comes to giving you a second chance at a smile.
George A. Hoop, DDS, offers a variety of dentures for you. Find the one that works for you at either of our locations in Fort Myers or Naples, FL. Call 239-734-7737 today to set up your consultation.
Let’s look at some teeth replacement options:
If you still have some healthy teeth, partial dentures can be a good way to fill the gap between those teeth.
With modern dental materials, your teeth replacements will look like real teeth when you have them in your mouth. These dentures are attached to your remaining healthy teeth to hold them in place.
You can eat some things with these dentures, but you may not be able to eat everything you would like.
Another great option for anyone who is missing a few teeth is a dental bridge supported by dental implants.
Implants are replacements for the roots of your missing teeth. When placed correctly, they hold bridges securely in place. With this option, you will be able to bite and chew practically as well as you could before you lost those teeth.
You also should know that Dr. Hoop has 25 years of experience placing implants. His training includes a 20-month course on implants at the Misch Implant Institute and several continuing education courses at the L.D. Pankey Institute.
Today’s dentures look natural and fit more comfortably than our grandparents’ “false teeth” did.
With dentures, you can feel like you have a full smile again. In time, you can learn to eat a variety of foods.
For better or worse, you will likely need to use some kind of adhesive to hold these dentures in place. Many people find this to be an acceptable option for dealing with their lost teeth.
If you want to get a little more from your dentures, you can give them the support of dental implants.
Implant-supported dentures will stay securely in your mouth. They allow you to bite and chew anything you want to eat. These implants also help you speak naturally as well. They don’t slide around when you try to say certain words.
They also do something else important. They create a direct connection between your dentures and your jawbone. This can prevent the kind of bone loss that affects many long-term denture wearers.
And last, but not least, you don’t need adhesives to hold your implant-supported dentures in position. They stay where they should whether you are eating, speaking, or singing.
Bring Back More Than Your Smile
Dr. Hoop would love to help you replace the teeth you’re missing. He’s helped countless people around Fort Myers and Naples, FL, and he would gladly help you, too.