Dentures offer patients a convenient, affordable way to restore a smile that is missing several or even all of its teeth. Unfortunately, many patients conjure up images of the uncomfortable, unattractive appliances that their grandparents wore. Today’s dentures are custom-designed and composed of advanced materials for a lifelike fit and feel.
While keeping your natural tooth is the optimal outcome, that may not be possible in all cases of injury or extensive, long-lasting oral diseases. Dentures can provide a structural substitute for your biological teeth in order to perform such important functions as supporting the other facial structures, like the cheeks, speaking and chewing and processing food.
The denture treatment process begins at your first consultation with our dentist. Any remaining teeth may be removed and then dental impressions are taken that will inform the design of your denture. Because the denture is crafted according to the unique specifications of your mouth, its fit is tremendously comfortable. You don’t have to worry about getting a cookie-cutter appliance that never fits just right.
When the denture is ready, the patient will be fitted with the appliance. The dentist can make further adjustments as needed. Keep in mind that you may experience some discomfort as your jaws and gums get used to the denture. This is normal. However, if your discomfort is severe or persistent, check in with the dentist to see if the denture may be altered to make it a bit more comfortable for you.
Today’s dentures are custom-designed and composed of advanced materials for a lifelike fit and feel.Caring for your dentures will be a bit different than caring for your biological teeth. Your dentist will give you instructions on best practices for denture maintenance. Also, you still must engage in oral hygiene practices (i.e. brushing) to keep your gums healthy. Denture wearers still can develop gum disease, and it can threaten your oral health and the stability of your jaw. Be sure that you’re following your dentist’s instructions to minimize the presence of oral bacteria.
The shape of your jaw will evolve over time and you may notice that your denture loses its fit a bit as that process unfolds. If so, you can return to our office to have the denture relined to improve its fit.
If you need to replace multiple missing teeth or restore your entire smile, consider dentures as a possible treatment option. Come to our office for a consultation to learn about the denture treatment process and to see the results achieved by other patients with cases similar to yours.