Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Types of Dentures

Dentures are divided into different categories based on how many teeth they replace, how they are secured, and how soon they can be worn. With several types of dentures available, it is important to discuss your options with a reputable dentist before beginning the process. You may want to consider the cost of each type as well as their aesthetic and functional benefits.

Traditional Dentures

Conventional dentures rely on the gums or remaining natural teeth for support. In most cases, traditional dentures are removable. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, your dentist can fit you for a full traditional denture to replace an arch of teeth or a partial denture to fill spaces in your smile.

types of dentures
Dentures can replace several missing teeth or an entire dental arch.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. A full denture for the upper jaw consists of false teeth affixed to a flesh-colored acrylic base, which covers the gums and the roof of the mouth. When replacing teeth in the lower jaw, full dentures are shaped like horseshoes to allow the tongue to rest comfortably.

It is important to discuss all aspects of your new denture with your dentist to ensure you choose the optimal restoration for you. 

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a removable appliance that fills gaps in a smile with intermittent tooth loss. An affordable alternative to bridges and dental implants, partial dentures use metal clasps to grip remaining natural teeth.

implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures are affixed to implant posts, which are anchored in the jaw.

Implant-Supported Dentures

For qualifying patients, both full and partial dentures can be supported by dental implants. Implants are small titanium posts embedded in the jawbone. The denture is then affixed to the implants using a small connector known as an abutment. This type of restoration offers superior comfort and security, and it promotes long-term oral health. However, candidates for dental implants must have sufficient bone density to support the posts.

Immediate Dentures

For certain patients, dentures can be placed immediately after teeth are extracted. Conventional dentures require you to wait several weeks for your gums to heal fully after extraction. With an immediate denture, your dentist takes measurements of your smile before removing teeth. The denture is fabricated in advance and immediately placed, meaning you are never without teeth.

Overdentures

For patients missing most, but not all, of their teeth, an overdenture offers a unique solution. Supported by both implants and remaining teeth, an overdenture can be removable or fixed. Also known as a hybrid prosthesis, overdentures allow you to retain as many natural teeth as possible. However, this type of restoration is more expensive and time-consuming than a conventional denture.

Snap-On Dentures

A snap-on denture is typically recommended for patients who have lost all of their teeth, but still have enough bone tissue to support a dental implant. This type of denture is fabricated with locator attachments which snap onto the implants or onto locator receptors, making them both convenient and removable.

Choosing Your Best Fit

In addition to the different types of dentures available, there is also a range of quality. Custom, cosmetic dentures are a high-end solution for patients missing a large portion of their teeth. Crafted from durable, lifelike materials, cosmetic dentures are often indistinguishable from your natural teeth. However, many dentists can also make more affordable dentures for patients who need to replace their teeth on a budget. It is important to discuss all aspects of your new denture with your dentist to ensure you choose the optimal restoration for you. 

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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