Top Dentures Dentist Richmond
Dr. Hina Ali has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist for your dentures.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Ali has averaged 90 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of Virginia are 15 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
Dr. Ali made sure I was comfortable and pain free through the entire process. The staff is warm & friendly and genuinely cares. I highly recommend Dr. Ali & her wonderful staff!
Dr. Hina Ali, with a high-tech office located in Richmond, has been helping people with dentures since 1998.
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Dentures are artificial teeth created in a lab that are custom-fitted to your mouth. A denture fits snugly over the gum tissue where teeth are missing. A denture gives the appearance of having teeth where natural teeth are missing. They can be easily removed for cleaning, and worn for eating and talking. A mouth without teeth has a collapsed, sunken appearance, so dentures also give the face structure and fullness. Dentures need adjusting regularly as the shape of the gums and underlying bone change over time and with age. There are a few different types of dentures, depending on the needs of the patient. The most common types of denture are:
Conventional Full Dentures
A full denture is a replacement of all of the upper teeth or all of the lower teeth. When a patient is missing all of the teeth in an arch, they can be fitted for a full denture. The full upper denture covers the gum tissue and has an acrylic plate that spans across the roof of the mouth. The full lower denture covers all the gum tissue on the lower arch, but does not have a plate like the upper denture. Removable dentures like this will sit snugly on the gum tissue or be held in place by an adhesive. This is the most economical way to replace all the teeth in an arch.
Photo features a hand holding an immediate full denture (false teeth).
Immediate Full Dentures
Prior to having your teeth removed, Dr. Ali takes measurements and has dentures fitted to your mouth. After removing your teeth, the new dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to go without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because your jaw bone will change shape as you heal. The dentures will need to be relined after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are a removable device that can be used to replace one or a few missing teeth. A partial denture snaps into place between the existing teeth, filling in the space where teeth are missing. A partial denture should be removed daily for cleaning and brought in to dental appointments to have checked for cracks or breaks. This is an economical alternative to having dental implants or a bridge placed to span the gaps where teeth are missing. This option does not preserve bone in the jaw the way an implant does, so it’s important to speak with your dentist to make sure you understand the long term consequences of replacing missing teeth with a partial denture.
At Patterson Village Dentistry, Dr. Ali uses only high-quality materials to give the partial denture the most discreet appearance possible.
Photo features a hand holding a partial denture (false teeth).
Partial dentures make a lot of sense for patients who are seeking an affordable option for tooth replacement. If you have dental insurance, most plans provide some coverage for dentures. This can help keep your out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum. Partial dentures are relatively easy to care for and use, too!
There are a few variables to consider when determining the cost of a partial denture. It will depend on how many teeth are in the denture and also what type of dental insurance coverage you have. The best way to find out how much a partial denture will cost is to come in for an evaluation and let our billing experts factor in your insurance coverage to give you an accurate quote. Call Patterson Village Dentistry to schedule an appointment and we’ll make sure all of your questions are answered.
After the teeth are removed and you are fitted with dentures, speaking will need to be practiced. In general, at first, there is a learning curve speaking with new dentures. However, with time and practice, talking becomes more routine.
Patients missing one or more teeth but still have healthy remaining teeth might want to ask Dr. Ali at Patterson Village Dentistry in Richmond, VA about partial dentures to restore their smiles. Partial dentures are economical and a relatively easy solution for gaps in your smile. If you’re concerned about the cost of treatments like implants or bridges, you might want to consider partial dentures. We’d be happy to see you in the office and discuss how we can help improve your smile while protecting your budget with partial dentures.
Dental Implants For Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are still removable, however they snap onto implants that are surgically placed in the jawbone. This not only gives the denture more stability, but also helps preserve the bony tissue of the jaw, so less deterioration happens over time. This is a better long-term solution for a denture wearer because the denture won’t rub on the gum tissue, causing discomfort and extra dental appointments for adjustments.Read more and find pricing on the Dental Implants page.
Securing dentures with implants helps prevent bone loss.
Illustration showing the loss of jaw bone after years of denture use without implant support.
Are you missing several or all of your teeth? When you need to replace many teeth, implants can still be a great solution. In cases like this, instead of placing an implant where each tooth is missing, just a few implants can be used to support a partial or an entire denture. This is called an implant-supported denture, or sometimes “snap-in dentures.” Once implants have been placed in the jaw, the denture simply “snaps” onto the dental implants.
An implant-supported denture is very stable and much easier to chew with than a denture not supported by implants. Implant-supported dentures typically require less adjusting and re-lining because they don’t rub against your gums like traditional dentures.
Advantages to implant-supported dentures: