Colorado Springs Dentures - Donald Couchman, DDS - Dental Implant Supported Dentures
Missing teeth are nothing to smile about. At Couchman Dental , we’ve been practicing restorative dentistry for many years; in fact, Dr. Donald Couchman has provided complete dental care to Colorado Springs patients for over 35 years!
Because Dr. Couchman constantly updates his methods
through intensive training and new technology, he can replace missing teeth
with permanent implants or removable dentures. You always have options when you visit us; our restorative and
reconstructive services are an important part of your complete dental care in
Colorado Springs. We will help you choose your best options:
- Dental implant supported dentures
- Dental implants
- Partial dentures
- Full dentures
- Removable dentures
For patients who need to replace a full dental arch, Dr. Couchman
recommends dental implant supported dentures, which provide a more stable base
for all restorative work.
Dentures are appliances that resemble natural teeth. They are created
specifically to replace missing teeth and surrounding issue, and to enhance the
wearer’s smile and overall appearance. Some dentures are removable, while
others are implant-supported (e.g., permanent).
Most patients today opt for implant-supported dentures, as they are
generally the more comfortable of the two options. Because they are so secure,
they can be made from plastic materials to create a lighter feeling, a better
fit, and security against slipping. Also, unlike removable dentures, permanent dentures
do not require dental adhesives.
The two types of dentures used by today’s patients are partial and
Partial dentures are used
when some natural teeth remain; they replace missing teeth while shoring up the
existing teeth against weakening and shifting.
Complete dentures are used
when all teeth are missing; depending on the health of the gums and other oral
health issues, the dentures are either immediate or conventional:
- Immediate dentures are pre-made and ready
to insert directly after natural teeth removal. Keep in mind that after
tissues and gums heal and shrink somewhat, dentures will need further
- Conventional dentures are generally made
4-6 weeks after natural teeth have been removed; this gives the tissues
time to fully heal before denture fittings (patient goes without teeth
during this time period)
Why Choose Dentures?
Here are the most common reasons patients need dentures:
- Loss of complete teeth within a dental
arch (requires complete dentures)
- Loss of just a few teeth within an arch
(requires partial dentures)
- Chewing problems, speech alterations, or
digestion difficulties due to missing teeth
- Lack of a confident, attractive smile, and
altered facial tissues
The Process: How Dentures Are
Created and Fitted
When you are fitted for dentures, expect the process to require several
appointments (generally over several weeks). Usually, the first appointment
means taking accurate measurements through mouth impressions (molds) to create
a custom denture. Subsequent appointments allow time for adjustments in shape,
color, and fit.
You should expect some increased saliva flow, soreness, and
difficulties in speech and chewing at first; however, this will subside with
time as your tissues and jaw muscles become accustomed to your new dentures.
Be sure to follow all instructions for proper care of dentures. Denture
life is greatly enhanced by appropriate cleaning, general oral hygiene, and
periodic checkups with your dentist.
Consider one patient’s experience with our complete dental in Colorado
“After years of procrastinating, I finally agreed to get my old
dentures replaced. I had grown very comfortable with my old ones, but they
didn’t look attractive anymore, so I told Dr. Couchman that it was time. After
a brief appointment to take new molds of my mouth, I returned about a week
later to try on my new pair. I was pleasantly surprised that they felt just
like my old pair, but they looked fantastic! I returned about a week later for
a follow-up visit, and I happily reported that I hadn’t experienced a single
problem in the last week—and I couldn’t be happier. My new dentures looked
brand new and felt like I’d been wearing them for years – That’s a winning
combination!" –Debbie E.
Call us today and talk to a friendly Couchman Dental representative about our complete dental care in
Colorado Springs, and click below to read more about our dentures and implants!