Dentures and Partials in State College, PA
As we age, your dental concerns and needs change. Dr. Marks understands this; that’s why he offers a spectrum of care, from preventive therapies to help you keep as many of your natural teeth as possible to removable partial dentures that can provide you with a new, natural-looking smile.
What is a Partial Denture?
Patients who are missing one or more teeth but don’t need a full arch replacement can often be treated with a partial denture. Partial dentures come in both removable and fixed prosthetics. Which option is right for you depends upon your unique situation, and Dr. Marks will be happy to discuss your options, weight the benefits of both, and help you reach a decision for treatment.
A partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base. Teeth may or may not be in a row. The prosthetic either fits into the mouth via suction, denture adhesive, or in the case of a fixed bridge, clips.
What is a Complete Denture?
Patients who are missing a full arch of teeth don’t have to continue to suffer through embarrassment and discomfort. Dr. Marks offers complete dentures that replace a full arch of either upper or lower teeth and provide a comfortable fit. Complete dentures are removable for cleaning and require follow-up fitting appointments. Each complete denture is handcrafted through our dental lab to look and feel as natural as possible.
With advances in modern dentistry, we are pleased to offer implant-supported dentures to ensure a firm hold and incredible comfort. Dr. Marks works together with Dr. Martin and other area specialists to provide the mini-implant system to provide greater denture stability. The system requires the implantation of four mini dental implants that function as prosthetic roots, as well as a retaining fixture installed on your custom denture. Once in place, your denture will rest naturally on the gum. The system allows for tiny movements while keeping your denture securely in place. Implant-supported dentures is a one-step procedure that is minimally invasive and doesn’t even involve sutures. In addition, healing times are much shorter than those associated with typical denture placement procedures.
If you want to learn more about partial dentures, full dentures, or implant-retained dentures, contact our State College family dental office. We will gladly provide you with a private consultation. During your appointment, we will evaluate your oral health, discuss your options, and provide you with a complete treatment plan so that you know exactly what to expect.