Modern Dentures in Missoula, MT
If you have missing teeth, it can change the way you speak, the foods you’re able to eat, and even lead to further tooth loss. Missing teeth can also have a detrimental impact on your self-esteem, which holds you back from enjoying life and mixing with friends and family.
Dr. Jonathan Nelson provides dentures and partial dentures in Missoula, MT to help his patients love life again with a smile. He uses the highest quality materials and latest advances to ensure a natural-looking denture or partial and a comfortable fit.
If you’re ready to take charge and restore your smile, contact Nelson Dentistry today at (406) 542-3305 to schedule an exam with Dr. Jonathan Nelson. He can assess your teeth and gums to make sure dentures or partials are right for you, or he can recommend other solutions to treat your tooth loss.
Meanwhile, check out some of our most frequently asked questions below. These are the questions we hear the most! If you have a different question, or if you would like further information, get in touch with us today.
- What are dentures?
- What are partials?
- Are dentures or partials right for me?
- What is the denture process?
- Will my dentures look natural?
- Will my dentures feel comfortable?
- What are implant-supported dentures?
- What is the difference between a partial denture and a dental bridge?
- Can I schedule an appointment today?
What are dentures?
Dentures are arches or plates of replacement teeth for people who have complete tooth loss. Traditional dentures or removable dentures can be taken out during sleep or for cleaning.
Dentures at Nelson Dentistry are affordable and give you a natural-looking smile because our Missoula, MT dentist uses only the latest technologies and quality materials to create new smiles for his patients.
You can opt for a top arch, lower arch, or complete removable dentures depending on your situation.
What are partials?
Partial dentures are arches or plates with replacement teeth added to fill in the gaps in your smile. Partial dentures are for people who are missing some but not all of their teeth.
The arch or plate relies on healthy surrounding teeth to keep it in place with custom clasps that work with your oral structure.
Are dentures or partials right for me?
Dr. Jonathan Nelson will give you a thorough oral exam to determine whether dentures are the best option for you. In some cases, he may recommend an implant-supported denture or other option depending on exam findings.
What is the denture process?
Our top Missoula, MT dentist takes a mold of your mouth, and this mold is used to create dentures especially for you. If you opt for a partial denture, teeth will be shaded and shaped to match your smile.
How do dentures stay in place?
Complete dentures rely mainly on suction for the top plate and gravity in conjunction with mouth muscles for the bottom. Many patients can train themselves with practice to use these traditional complete dentures, but when they have a complaint, it's usually that the bottom denture moves too much.
When teeth are missing, your jaw shrinks, and this means dentures eventually loosen or don’t fit your gums as well as they did when you first got them. Some patients rely on over-the-counter adhesives to correct this. It is also possible to realign your dentures at home or in our dental office.
One of the significant new advances in technology means using individual dental implants that the lower denture can now "snap" onto, making them much more secure.
A dental implant is a thin but sturdy post that bonds with your jawbone and acts as a root for a replacement tooth or other restoration type. Implant-supported dentures help reduce bone loss in the jaw because the posts stimulate the bone to remain as it is. Dental implant-supported dentures also mean no pastes, slippage, or realigns.
Will my dentures look natural?
Dr. Jonathan Nelson oversees the creation of your denture, and he is in touch with the artist who completes the work. At Nelson Dentistry, we are detail oriented and take pride in our work and the work we represent to our patients.
The good news is that our patients love their dentures and partials from Nelson Dentistry. We want you to love your new natural-looking smile, too.
Will my dentures feel comfortable?
Like with anything new, it may take a few days to get used to your dentures, but our dentures in Missoula, MT are designed with your comfort in mind!
Dr. Jonathan Nelson takes accurate molds of your mouth to ensure the best denture or partial fit well.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are a more permanent solution to tooth loss because your denture is secured to your jaw.
The benefits of implant-supported dentures in Missoula, MT include:
- No pastes or adhesives
- No store-bought or in-office realign kits as gums shrink and dentures loosen
- Less jawbone shrinkage because implant posts stimulate the jawbone—loss of jawbone makes dentures fit loosely and brings an aged or sunken appearance to your face
- A stronger bite
- No slippage while speaking or eating
What is the difference between a partial denture and a dental bridge?
A partial denture is a plate that fits inside your mouth—around existing teeth—to complete your smile. A partial denture stands in for teeth that are missing by holding restorations that will fill in the gaps. These teeth are shaded to match your existing teeth. Also, a dental bridge is removable for sleeping and during brushing and flossing.
A dental bridge is similar to a partial, but it is secured and not removable, relying on dental crowns connected to adjacent teeth to hold a restoration tooth in the right position to complete your smile–or a dental implant for stability. Like a partial denture, bridge restoration teeth are colored to blend in with your smile.
How should I take care of my denture or partial?
The best way to take care of your denture or partial is to keep it clean. Dr. Jonathan Nelson will instruct you on the right products and toothbrush type to use. Note that we don’t recommend toothpaste for dentures because it is too abrasive.
You also want to make sure to keep your gums clean to prevent gum disease or gum infections, which can lead to you being unable to wear your dentures or partials successfully.
In the case of partial dentures, you want to make sure your remaining teeth stay healthy to support your appliance.
It’s important to remember that restorations and dental appliances will not prevent periodontal disease, which is a potentially serious infection of the gums that can spread.
We recommend the following guidelines put forward by the American Dental Association:
- Visit your dentist twice yearly
- Schedule and keep twice yearly cleanings
- Allow safe x-rays periodically so your dentist can spot small issues before they become big problems.
At Nelson Dentistry, our Missoula, MT dentist wants you to enjoy your new smile and get the most out of your dentures and investment.