Dentists try to help people keep their teeth for a lifetime. Many people, though, with periodontal disease and several broken, fractured teeth, cannot financially afford to repair each tooth with a root canal and a crown if they've got 20 teeth. There are other options, which are removable dentures. And there's complete dentures where all your teeth are gone, and then there are partial dentures that attach to your teeth where you still have some of your own teeth. We do both of those procedures. As a matter of fact, when someone needs a partial denture, we build them with the thought that maybe some of these anchor teeth may end up being lost in the future, so we build a partial denture that can be added onto. Sometimes partial dentures become complete dentures. One of the things we do are immediate dentures. Immediate dentures mean the teeth are extracted, the denture is immediately put in your mouth. The reason we do that is so you're not running around without teeth for any period of time. Really, I find that immediate dentures help you heal because they cover the wounds. When you extract someone's teeth and deliver a denture the same day, when you put it in their mouth, of course, they're numb. We always have a 24-hour post-op and we come the very next day. When they come the very next day, we take it out of their mouth—I’ll be the very first one to take it out of their mouth, and then we'll start the second half of this treatment, which is you getting used to this denture. You always have to consider dentures as an option for some people because they simply can't afford to buy root canals and crowns for every single tooth, but we do everything we can to help them keep their teeth as long as they possibly can.
Dentures aren’t the newest way of replacing teeth. But they remain popular, and for good reason. They are affordable and less invasive than some other tooth replacement options. And they can replace anywhere from a few missing teeth to an entire mouthful of teeth.
We offer multiple denture options in our Crown Point, IN dentist office, including a temporary denture and a denture attached to dental implants. To find out if they are right for you, call Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC at 219-641-3422.
Different Dentures Fit Different Needs
You can get partial denture if you still have some of your own teeth. They can be:
- fixed, meaning only a dentist can remove them
- removable, so you can take them out for cleaning or other reasons
We can attach fixed a partial denture to your natural teeth or to teeth modified with dental crowns. They can also be attached to dental implants with no adhesives needed!
A full denture replaces a whole mouthful of missing teeth. Like partial denture, they can be attached to dental implants. If so, you won’t need to use denture adhesive to keep them in place.
Our dentists at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC in Crown Point, IN can also fit you for temporary denture before your teeth are removed. You can then wear a temporary denture while your final denture is being fabricated. You can eat and enjoy normal oral function while your mouth heals.
Implant-Supported Dentures Offer Benefits
One of the newest ways to wear denture is securing them with dental implants at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC in Crown Point, IN. Again, this means you won’t need a messy adhesive. There are other benefits too. Your dentures will be:
- Stable. Because they’re attached to dental implants, you won’t experience embarrassing slippage. And they offer up to 90 percent of your natural bite power.
- Comfortable. Because they are attached to implants instead of sitting directly on your gums, they are more comfortable to wear.
- Better for your bones. Implants stimulate your jawbone much like natural tooth roots, so you won’t lose bone density the way you can wear the traditional denture.
Our dentists are two of the trusted dentists in Crown Point, IN since Dr. Mark Van Buskirk finished his degree at Indiana University School of Dentistry, while Dr. Michael Krischke earned his DDS from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.