Removable Appliances

 

At Big Happy Smiles, we have a range of removable dental appliances to suit your needs. These devices are used to both correct and protect your teeth and your smile.

Dental Prosthetics
Missing teeth can lead to more severe dental health issues. Your teeth need each other for support and alignment. When one or more are missing, your teeth can shift, weaken and lead to bite problems, bone loss and speech difficulties. Removable dental appliances can be created to replace these missing teeth, while allowing easier care and cleaning.

Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace one or more teeth that are not necessarily in adjoining locations. Partials, as they are sometimes called, can be fixed or flexible in design. Flexible dentures are designed to work with the natural movements of your mouth and are a more comfortable option when several teeth need to be replaced. They can be removed for cleaning or sleeping.

Full Dentures
In cases of complete tooth loss, full dentures are required to restore the proper functioning of your mouth. Many who have been devastated by losing all their teeth suffer from facial deformity and bone loss creating a collapsed or caved-in look. Dentures can restore the form of your jaw structure and help prevent further bone deterioration, while providing the function of normal teeth. Even swallowing can be affected by catastrophic tooth loss. Advancements in the creation and development of full dentures can make living with prosthetic plates much easier and more comfortable than ever before. Some dentures can even be combined with dental implants to help keep them in place.

Mouthguards
Your teeth will go through a lifetime of wear and tear. Sports activities can be especially hazardous, causing erosions, chipping, breakage and even tooth loss. Simple over-the-counter mouthguards can be purchased. For more serious involvement in sports activities, custom-fit mouthguards are recommended for a better fit and higher level of protection.

Night Guards
Bruxism, also known as grinding, can be extremely destructive to your dental health. Grinding causes teeth to wear down far faster than through normal wear and tear. Grinding can also lead to loosening of the teeth and trauma to the musculature of the jaw. Application of a night guard, which covers the surface of the teeth, protects them from the effects of grinding. Although many who suffer this problem unconsciously grind their teeth at night, night guards can also be worn during the day for those who suffer from unconscious grinding habits.

Retainers
Retainers do exactly what their name implies. They retain the position of the teeth after the removal of braces or other orthodontic appliances. Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, retainers keep the achieved alignment of your teeth until they become “set.” Retainers are lightweight appliances of wire and plastic that are easy to remove for eating and cleaning.