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What are dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
Conventional dentures are removable. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
The Benefits of Dentures
There are many benefits of dentures. Some of them are:
Dentures today are designed to function as natural teeth. They are custom fit for comfort. With modern dentures eating and talking can be carried out with confidence.
With modern dentures there are no restrictions on what you can eat.
Partial dentures reduce wear and tear on the remaining natural teeth.
Dentures today are made with porcelain or plastic materials. They create a natural look and smile.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures replace all the teeth in a patient’s mouth. They sit on top of the gums, as opposed to dental bridges that are anchored to existing teeth. Typically, complete dentures are placed 8 to 12 weeks after extraction of remaining teeth.
Partial dentures are used when there are still natural teeth in a patient’s mouth. There is a pink-colored base that is attached to a metal piece. These two pieces hold the denture in the mouth.
They are convenient and detachable. You can take them out whenever you need to. Partials help to prevent the other teeth from moving and are made from all-acrylic or acrylic material
Implant supported dentures
The dentures anchor on to titanium screws that are inserted into the jaw bone during a surgical procedure. Implant-supported dentures look and feel more natural compared to the conventional dentures.
Who are good candidates for Dentures
Good candidates for dentures are people who are missing all their teeth, those missing multiple but not all their teeth and those with chipped, broken or unhealthy teeth along with missing teeth. Basically, anyone suffering from significant tooth loss as a result of a tooth or gum disease, or injury can get dentures.
However, dentures may not be an option for some patients. A person might not be a good candidate for dentures if they do not have the right jaw bone structure or enough healthy gum tissue to support dentures. Such persons need to work on their gum health and bone structure to secure dentures in place. Also, dentures need a lot of care and the person has to commit to a strict dental health routine.
If someone cannot maintain hygiene or be regular with their routine, dentures might not be the best choice for them.
What to expect?
If you are planning to get dentures, here is what you can expect. These are the key steps involved in the process:
The dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine your oral health. They will look for signs of tooth decay, infection or previous dental procedures that can hamper the denture process. They will determine if they need to extract any teeth before they can place a denture.
Making and fitting the denture
The dentist will take measurements and impressions of the teeth to ensure that the denture fits perfectly. These are sent to the dental lab where the dentures are built to specifications. Once the dentures are ready, the patient is called in for a fitting to see if the dentures fit correctly or not. If required, adjustments are made to make sure the patient does not have any pain or discomfort when wearing the denture.
Getting used to dentures
Even if there is no pain or discomfort, the patient may still take time to adjust to eating and speaking with their dentures. However, you can stay assured that you will eventually gain the same control, function and comfort as your natural teeth. Most people become comfortable with their new dentures in 30 days.
How much do dentures cost?
Dentures can cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to over two thousand dollars depending on the need and the circumstances of the patient.
To find out if dentures are right for you, schedule a Free Consultation or give us a call to learn more.