Missing multiple teeth can impair your ability to chew certain foods, cause the facial tissues to sag, and distort your speech. Patients who are missing several or a majority of their teeth can feel comfortable with their smile again with dentures. Dentures are removable appliances that are intended to replace missing teeth, dramatically improving the aesthetics and functionality of a patient’s mouth. During your visit to Gentle Care Dentistry, your dentist will assess your condition and recommend the ideal treatment plan to meet your cosmetic and oral health needs.
What Dentures Can Do
- Replace multiple missing teeth
- Support the structure of the mouth
- Improve your ability to chew and speak
Dentures are entirely customizable to suit your dental anatomy and aesthetic goals. During your initial denture appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send the mold to a laboratory for the ideal and most comfortable fit. Depending on your individual needs, you may require a full or partial denture.
- Conventional dentures are created after the gums have completely healed from a tooth extraction. This approach may mean that you will have missing teeth for a few months.
- Immediate dentures are placed immediately following tooth extraction so you can enjoy a full set of teeth right away. These dentures will, however, necessitate a subsequent visit so they can be tightened after your gums have healed.
- Interim dentures, also known as “healing dentures,” are temporary prostheses that are placed following an extraction procedure. After the gums have completely healed, new impressions are taken to create permanent dentures.
Partial dentures resemble dental bridges, but they are not permanently attached to your natural teeth. A partial denture might be the best choice for patients missing more than two consecutive teeth or whose natural teeth are too weak to support bridges.
How to Maintain Dentures
Dentures require maintenance the same way natural teeth do. You should brush your dentures daily to remove plaque buildup and place them in room temperature water when you are not wearing them. You should avoid wearing them while you sleep to prevent complications, such as gum inflammation and bone resorption. Dentures are delicate appliances, so it is important that you handle them with care. If they need to be altered for comfort or a better fit, schedule an appointment with your dentist for a professional adjustment.
Alternative Treatments to Dentures
Dentures are not the only choice for patients that are missing teeth. Some patients may achieve their desired dental aesthetic with any of the following alternatives to dentures:
- Bridges are sets of one or more false teeth that are permanently anchored to abutments on the natural teeth. Patients whose teeth are healthy enough to support dental structures may consider a bridge.
- Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are embedded in the gums, and they eventually fuse to the jawbone to mimic real teeth. Those who qualify can choose dental implants or mini implants for durable, long-lasting tooth replacement.
- Mini implants are small and can replace narrower teeth or serve as the base of a removable denture.
During your initial visit to Gentle Care Dentistry, your dentist will go over these options with you to deliver the results you desire.