Top Dentures Dentist Clearwater
Dr. Craig Baker has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist for your dentures.
Dr. Baker offers removable prosthetics including full dentures and partial dentures.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Baker has averaged 80 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of Florida are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
“Love the staff and Dr. Baker already! Today was my first visit, and everyone was nothing but nice towards me. Very helpful (with the financial part) and kind! Thank you Baker Cosmetic & Family dentistry :)”
Dr. Craig Baker, with a high-tech dental office located in Clearwater, has been serving patients and their families from St. Petersburg, Largo, & Pinellas Park, Florida since 2005.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
Dr Craig Baker, can advise you whether a denture is the best teeth replacement solution for you. Dentures are a removable device that can replace one or several missing teeth. They are a popular choice as they can restore both aesthetics and function at an affordable price. As dentures are custom-made, they are comfortable and match the look of your actual teeth. However, jaws suffer from bone resorption throughout the years, so patients should know that dentures might need to be adjusted over time to ensure comfort and proper function.
Full dentures and partial dentures are not the same. The first one replaces all the teeth within a dental arch, while partial dentures are used when the patient still has remaining natural teeth.
Conventional Full Dentures
Full dentures are used to replace the entire upper or lower set of teeth. On the other hand, partial dentures substitute one or more teeth if some natural teeth remain. This second option prevents teeth from moving into the gaps generated by missing teeth.
High-quality acrylic materials are used to make the teeth and gums of complete dentures. The dentures are kept in place by natural suction, but patients can opt to use adhesives for better retention. Another possibility for those looking for more comfort is to have dental implants placed along the arch.
Immediate Full Dentures
Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Photo features a hand holding an immediate full denture (false teeth).
When tooth loss happens, patients must take the time to talk with a trusted dental professional to find out which alternative is the best for restoring their smile’s function and appearance. When one or more teeth are removed or lost, patients can find partial dentures as the best prosthetic alternative.
Photo features a hand holding a partial denture (false teeth).
Unlike full dentures, which are made entirely of acrylic, partial dentures can have a robust metal framework designed to snap into the dental arch. They use the remaining teeth for support and stabilization while placing false ones where they are needed. These dentures can be quickly removed to ensure a proper cleaning of the natural teeth still present in the oral cavity.
Most patients are at first concerned about having a metal device in their mouth. However, at Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Clearwater, only the best materials available are used to ensure these restorations look and feel entirely natural. These high-quality materials allow the metal framework to be as thin and discreet as possible.
Dental Implants For Dentures
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Securing dentures with implants helps prevent bone loss.
Dr. Craig Baker, serving Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg, has been securing dentures with dental implants for more than a decade.