Dentures are a removable appliance used to fill the gaps where you have lost teeth. They are a viable option to consider for those who do not want to go through the long procedure that is required for the more permanent options.
What do dentures do?
Like mentioned above, dentures are removable oral appliances that replace missing teeth. They are custom-created to fit your gums and mouth securely. They look realistic and feel life-like in your mouth. Dentures are comfortable to wear. Dentures can be partial, which means they fit a mouth that has some remaining teeth. Dentures can also be complete, which means they fit a mouth with no remaining teeth. Dentures can help your dental structure keep its shape and give you beautiful teeth.
How do I get dentures?
You will visit our office for a few appointments to get dentures. The process will consist of us examining your gums and any remaining teeth, making a mold of your mouth, and sending the mold off for the creation of your dentures. Once your dentures are ready, you will come in for a fitting to ensure your dentures fit correctly and do not slide around in your mouth.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures improve the aesthetic value of your mouth, and they help eating, speaking and smiling performance. If you have remaining teeth, the dentures will protect them from excessive wear due to uneven distribution of pressure. They will also keep your face from looking “sunken in.” They are the most affordable teeth replacement option.
How are my dentures kept in place?
Upper complete dentures stay in place naturally because of the suction that occurs between them and the roof of your mouth. Lower complete dentures are secured in place by your tongue muscles and lips. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps or crowns that attach to any remaining teeth you have. Denture adhesives are also available to help hold dentures in place as needed.
What are the alternatives to dentures?
Dental bridges and dental implants are the most common alternatives to dentures. Both options are more permanently fixed in your mouth. Both of these options require healthy teeth and gums. They are also more expensive than dentures and take longer to apply to your dental structure.
How long will dentures last?
Dentures should last for 5-10 years. They will need to be replaced because with everyday wear, they often become warped. They can also wear down because of biting forces and become less effective in some circumstances. Sometimes dentures will become looser with time which is an indicator that they need to be replaced. We will replace or repair your dentures to maintain their realistic appearance and feel.
If you need teeth replacements, dentures are a good option for most people. It is easy to be a candidate for dentures which makes them more desirable for patients. They are simple to create and apply, and offer the chewing and speaking functions you have been missing.