Dr. Patrick F. McEvoy offers traditional and implant-retained dentures at his Mountain View, CA, practice. Each set is custom designed to restore function and aesthetics to your smile. Losing your teeth not only affects your appearance, but it also affects your oral and physical health. Dentures can help you feel and look your best while allowing you speak clearly and chew efficiently. If you are ready to replace lost teeth and start experiencing greater enjoyment in your day-to-day life, we are prepared to help you.
If your gums and any remaining teeth are healthy, you are likely a candidate for traditional dentures. Traditional dentures are removable, and held in place with a combination of natural suction and a mild adhesive. These dentures can effectively restore your appearance, and with practice, they can allow you to enunciate clearly. They can also restore some chewing function, but require that you stick to a diet of soft foods, or take time to cut meals into very small pieces.
The two primary disadvantages of traditional dentures is that they are prone to slip out of place, and cannot stop bone atrophy in the jaw. After teeth are lost, the jaw will begin to shrink (atrophy). This will continue over the years as you wear traditional dentures, and you will need to have them periodically adjusted to maintain a comfortable fit as the jaw changes shape.
Whenever appropriate, Dr. McEvoy recommends implant-retained dentures because they offer greater stability and halt jawbone degeneration. Halting jawbone degeneration is not only good for your oral health; it also eliminates the need for constant readjustment. Implant-retained dentures are permanently attached to dental implants, which are surgically embedded in the jaw. The implants fuse with the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for the dentures. Because this option is not removable, there is no risk of your dentures slipping out of place when you eat or speak. You can enjoy crisp fresh fruit, rare steaks, corn on the cob, and other foods that can be incredibly difficult to eat when wearing traditional dentures. The best candidates for dental implant-supported dentures are non-smokers in good oral health who either have ample jawbone tissue or are willing to undergo a bone graft.
We are more than willing to arrange a payment plan that helps you comfortably afford this life-changing treatment.
It is important to understand that implant dentures require a significantly greater investment in terms of both time and money. Placing implants requires two surgeries separated by about four to six months of recovery. If you have experienced any jaw atrophy, that timeline will be extended due to the need for bone grafting. Meanwhile, most insurance plans do not contribute to the cost of dental implants. However, we are more than willing to arrange a payment plan that helps you comfortably afford this life-changing treatment.
If you are missing teeth, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. McEvoy will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to determine which type of dentures will provide you with the greatest benefits.