Dentures & Dental Partials
Dr. Anita Mathew is a prosthodontist who has completed three years of additional training beyond dental school. This allows her a unique perspective on care. She can make her patients' dentures that look like natural teeth. What develops over the course of care at Athens TLC Dental is more than tooth replacement. When dentures, or dental partials, are the best solution to tooth loss, as they often are, Dr. Mathew takes measures that ensure the final product meets the facial structure of the individual patient. She also works to achieve a healthy fit through which the highest degree of chewing function is restored.
Dentures, and dental partials, provide an affordable option for smile restoration after teeth have been lost or extracted. While most people identify with the cosmetic concerns of tooth loss, it is also important to understand the functional consequences of losing natural teeth. If a denture is not made to suit your oral structure, the degree of chewing function you regain may be minimal. We want you to feel great about your smile! Our team has helped many men and women make the most of their dentures through customization based on their needs. To get the maximum benefit of care, visit Dr. Mathew for your denture consultation.
Dentures come in an array of types and models. You cannot be expected to know which type of denture you need. That is where we come in. During your consultation at Athens TLC Dental, Dr. Mathew will perform a thorough consultation in which she learns your needs and your expectations. An examination of your jaw, gums, bite, and any remaining teeth will also be performed. Assessing data carefully, Dr. Mathew can recommend the type of denture that can enable you to speak, eat, and smile with confidence. We make a number of different types of dentures:
- Full dentures will replace all of the teeth in your mouth. This prosthetic can be removed for cleaning.
- Partial dentures replace a number of adjacent teeth. Like the full denture, partials can be made so you can remove them for cleaning on a daily basis.
- An "over-denture" is a combination of a denture and dental implants or a denture that partially fits over some of your natural teeth. Securing a full denture to just a few implants can make a vast difference in the way your dentures look and feel. Dentures that are affixed to implants may also be removable. If the patient prefers, however, the over-denture can be fixed, meaning it remains in place at all times unless removed by the dentist.
In addition to different types of dentures and dental partials, Dr. Mathew supports patients through innovative techniques. When you consult with her about tooth replacement after extractions, you may learn about the immediate denture procedure. In the standard protocol, the conventional denture is seated months after extraction, after gum and tissue have fully healed and settled into their normal shape. Immediate dentures are crafted before tooth extraction and are seated over the gums immediately. The immediate denture provides you with the confidence you want and is beneficial for healing gums.
We understand that dental care can be confusing sometimes. You want to know what to expect, especially when it comes to tooth replacement. Call Athens TLC Dental today with your questions. We're happy to schedule your consultation at a time that is convenient for you.