Dentures: Complete and Partial
Missing teeth can be inconvenient, unsightly, and embarrassing. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may struggle with regular activities such as chewing, speaking, and even smiling. If you are missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for dentures. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that can help to restore your smile. Whether you’ve lost your natural teeth due to decay, injury, or gum disease, dentures can have a positive impact on your appearance and overall health.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures not only help the look of your smile, they also make it much easier to chew foods and improve your speech. Missing teeth can lead to a sagging in your facial muscles, and can give you the appearance of premature aging. Dentures can help reverse this and bring back your full, healthy-looking appearance.
What types of dentures are there?
Conventional dentures are full prosthetics that are custom-made to fit perfectly in your mouth. Their customization ensures that you have a natural and comfortable fit. To prepare for traditional dentures, we will remove any remaining teeth that you have. Once the gums have healed from this procedure, you can start wearing your full dentures.
There are also options for immediate denture placements, which can be inserted on the same day that any remaining teeth are removed. This is convenient because you will not have to go without teeth but it is important to note that these dentures will have to be adjusted as your mouth heals.
What should I expect from the denture process?
There should be no pain during the process of being fitted for dentures, and there should never be pain when they are in place. In some cases, you may experience tenderness and minor irritation during the first few weeks. This will subside when your tongue and cheek muscle adapt to holding the dentures in place. Many denture patients also experience an increase in saliva flow, but this is temporary and will go away in time.
Your dentures may feel strange at first, but this will pass as you adjust to them. It is important to keep up with your follow-up appointments. These will let us check the fit of your appliance, and make any adjustments if they are necessary.
Missing teeth can be inconvenient, annoying, and cosmetically embarrassing. If you are looking for a tooth replacement option and think that you might be a good candidate for dentures, give us a call at 614-870-3337 today.