Allan L. Link DMD

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Denture Overview

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The right dentures, whether a full set or a partial, look natural, suit your facial characteristics, fit comfortably, and are affordable. That describes our Columbia Dentures® perfectly.

The right dentist understands how to manage three things to ensure that you get the best results:

  • Impressions – All dentists make impressions of your mouth to create custom-fit dentures. We take fit to the next level. After the denture is processed, you'll wear it for a day or two with a wax-like material that molds precisely to your mouth, as your tongue, lips, and cheeks tell it where to flow. Then we process the denture a second time to minimize any chance of discomfort, difficulty speaking, or slippage.
  • Bite – No matter how good your dentures look and fit, they'll cause sore spots and won't stay in place properly if the bite isn't just right. We can duplicate that bite from your existing denture so that your muscles don't have to re-train, or use intra-oral tracing, an easy and accurate technique to achieve a perfect bite.
  • Aesthetics and phonetics – You get to see how your new dentures will look and try speaking with them before final processing, with a preliminary wax set.

Dr. Allan Link has a fellowship in the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, so he understands the important relationship between dentistry and appearance. Denture wearers experience bone loss, but the right dentures can improve facial profile and enhance lip fullness without cosmetic surgery.

TheDentaLink customizes dentures with a variety of options. We can fit the denture over implants for additional stability. We can place mini-implants as a same-day procedure, and even insert the necessary housings into a denture that you already have to affix it to mini-implants. The denture can be secured by traditional implants, either removable or similar to a fixed bridge. Snap-On Smile and Snap-It! are removable partial dentures that replace missing teeth and cover worn dentition.

With offices in Ballwin and South County, TheDentaLink is a convenient provider of dentures and denture repair. You will see and feel the difference with our experience and extra care.

Types of Dentures

Dentures are often considered for patients who are missing one or more teeth within the smile. This may be caused by injury or disease. When patients visit TheDentaLink LLC, they are often introduced to a wide range of dentures that can be utilized to restore the smile. Dentures are prosthetics that Dr. Allan Link can use for patients to restore the function and beauty of their smiles.

Dr. Allan Link and the team at TheDentaLink LLC believe in providing patients with a wide selection of services. Dentures are just one of many ways to repair the smile after tooth loss. There are two main types of dentures – partial dentures and full dentures.

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Partial dentures are prosthetics used to replace one or more teeth within the dental arch. These prosthetics utilize a metal and acrylic framework and allow patients to snap their denture into their smile to restore it. It can be easily removed for cleaning and care, and dentists can adjust them as necessary to ensure they fit properly and are comfortable.

Patients who are missing an entire arch of teeth, from either the top or bottom jaw, need full dentures. Full dentures include both false teeth and false gums. These dentures are also removable, unless patients opt for our more permanent options known as implant-supported dentures. Patients who have trouble keeping their full dentures in place with traditional means such as natural suction or dental adhesives, but have enough bone within the jaw for stability, may benefit from using dental implants to hold their full dentures.

Dr. Allan Link and his team of professionals are here to help patients learn about the different types of dentures and determine which are appropriate for their specific needs. If you reside in or around the areas of Ballwin or Saint Louis, our practice is here to help. Contact us today to book a consultation appointment and learn about the advantages of dentures for tooth restoration. We can provide a thorough evaluation and consultation appointment during which you can ask any questions you may have about this treatment option when compared to bridges or dental implants for replacement of the natural adult teeth. 

Treatment for Missing Teeth

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Patients faced with loss of their adult teeth are often worried about the treatment options available to them. Many worry about having a replacement that is too expensive, uncomfortable, or doesn't fit their lifestyle. Luckily, for many patients, dentures are a wonderful solution.

Dentures are prosthetics used by patients to replace their missing teeth. They can be used in situations in which they are missing one tooth, several teeth within the arch, or all the teeth in their mouth. The circumstances that lead patients to consider replacement options may include injury and disease.

Dentures come in two varieties – partial or full dentures. Partials are made of an acrylic and metal framework that snaps into the dental arch and places false teeth right where they need to be. On the other hand, full dentures replace all the teeth within a dental arch. They may be kept in place in a variety of ways, typically dental implants, dental adhesives, or natural suction.

There are other ways for patients to replace their missing teeth. First, patients can use dental bridges. Bridges are porcelain restorations that use the adjacent teeth for support and provide a false tooth for replacement. They are not removable, and can last many years with proper care. Alternatively, patients may prefer the benefits of dental implants. These titanium posts are surgically placed into the bone of the jaw and restored with a bridge, denture, or dental crown, depending on the needs of the patient.

If you are interested in learning about all the treatment options available to you for replacing missing teeth, contact Dr. Allan Link of TheDentaLink LLC today to book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation. Our dedicated team of professionals can offer effective replacement options that can provide a natural-looking solution for patients of all ages. Whether you are considering removable options such as full dentures or permanent ones like dental implants, we can help you decide what is most appropriate for your specific needs. We can also work with your dental insurance company to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses when it comes to repairing the smile. 

Dental Procedures

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Dr. Allan Link of TheDentaLink, LLC is proud to offer a variety of tooth replacement options for his patients. This includes dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. All of these are readily available for patients new and existing and provide improved function and beauty.

Dentures are a common choice for patients seeking an economical solution to their tooth loss. Dentures come in two varieties including full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures are created to restore an entire arch of teeth. They are fabricated in our office using 3D printing, which enables the most accurate fit. Patients with full dentures from our practice enjoy beauty and function all in one restoration. Patients with one or more teeth missing from the smile can benefit from our partial dentures. Our partials are made with DuraFlex, a special material thinner than traditional acrylics, which eliminates the need for metal. The DuraFlex material is clear and therefore much more discreet when placed in the smile—eliminating the metal clasps, which are sometimes seen by others and they detract from the appearance.

Dentures have come a long way over the years. Patients often think of their grandparents' dentures and remembered how fake they appeared, which makes them hesitant to consider using dentures to restore their own smiles. However, with dramatic improvements in cosmetic dentistry, patients now enjoy beautiful, attractive dentures. Fit and function have also improved.

Dentures are typically covered by many dental insurance plans, making them an affordable alternative to other methods such as bridges and dental implants. They may be covered in part or in whole by insurance. The front office team of TheDentaLink, LLC can work with patients to determine their coverage and see if they are candidates for reduced out-of-pocket costs associated with dental restorations.

If you and your family reside in or around the areas of Ballwin or Saint Louis, our practice has two convenient locations. Contact us today to book an appointment with Dr. Allan Link and his team to educate yourself further on tooth restoration options and appropriate procedures to repair the smile.

Dental procedures can be used to restore the smile, including that of dentures. Dr. Allan Link offers full and partial dentures as a solution to tooth loss.