Dentures offer a more affordable choice to replacing your missing teeth. You can feel good about your smile again and enjoy eating foods more normally.
Dentures (referred to as false teeth) is a custom-made removable replacement option for missing multiple teeth. Full dentures replace most or all of your teeth, and partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are important to support facial muscles and lips to avoid sagging or receding of the jaw muscles. This support also helps with your appearance to make you look younger and improve your speech. Being able to eat well also helps to keep you healthy. Dentures are prescribed when teeth have been lost, or disease has affected your teeth causing tooth loss, injuries, or dental surgeries.
Conventional dentures can replace all of your teeth on the upper and lower arches. Dentures can also replace numerous missing teeth, an over denture is made to fit over one or more natural teeth (or dental implants) to support the dentures (as shown in the photo above). Partial dentures are made to fit around teeth while replacing missing teeth (photo below).
Immediate dentures are dentures that are inserted in the patient's mouth right after teeth are removed. Immediate dentures are usually given when, the wearer has teeth to use during the healing period after removal. Many times, those that receive immediate dentures switch to conventional dentures when their gums swelling is reduced and healing is complete.
Dentures are custom made in a dental laboratory. A dentist first provides an exam, any x-rays and answers any questions you might have. Then an impression is created of your mouth's arches by using a putty type material for a custom fit. Trying on dentures can help with finding the right color and shape of teeth for a more customized fit. With proper care and good oral hygiene, full dentures can last 5-10 years and over time as your mouth changes naturally, dentures need to be relined, remade, or rebased (a new base). Any dentures and oral tissues must be checked annually. Damage can occur to oral tissue with or without any pain or other symptoms. Early detection and elimination of inflammation is important to minimize shrinkage of the supporting bone and tissues.
We hope to be able to assist you with any questions you may have about dentures. Call our dental office today and let us help you onto the road to a happier and healthier smile.