Dentures are removable prostheses that replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Whether you lost all of your teeth from disease, decay, or injury, dentures can improve your appearance and overall well-being. Dentures allow you to eat and speak better than you could without teeth. Also, the loss of all of your teeth can affect your appearance by causing facial muscles to sag. Dentures can be made to match or improve your previous smile.
Types of dentures:
•Conventional. After all remaining teeth are removed and the gum tissues have healed, a removable denture is made and placed in your mouth. This process can take several months.
• Immediate. During a preliminary visit, your dentist will take measurements and make a model of your mouth. A removable denture will then be inserted on the same day that your remaining teeth are removed. Although you won’t be without teeth during the healing period, the denture might need to be relined or remade after your smile has healed.
• Overdenture. Occasionally, some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide support for your denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same purpose.
New dentures can feel awkward for a few weeks until you become used to them. They may feel loose, you may experience minor irritation or soreness, and you may even have a temporary increase in saliva. As you become accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments and regular checkups are necessary after a denture is inserted to ensure dentures fit properly. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to contact our office.
Removable partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored bases. A partial denture can have a metal framework that clasps to your teeth, or they can have more natural-looking connectors. A more esthetic option uses precision attachments to connect a removable partial denture to your natural teeth.
Sometimes, crowns on your natural teeth are necessary to ensure a snug fit with attachments. Precision attachments generally cost more than partial dentures with clasps. Ask which type is right for your particular needs.
Just like natural teeth, full dentures and partials should be brushed daily to remove food and plaque and prevent staining. To extend the life of your dentures, simply follow these guidelines:
• Rinse before brushing.
• Brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive cleaner.
• Brush you gums, tongue, and mouth.
• Store dentures in a covered, water-filled container.
We invite you to call Morgan Family Dentistry at 910-324-1283 (Richlands) or 910-347-1283 (Jacksonville) to learn if you would benefit from receiving dentures in Richlands, North Carolina, as well as schedule your consultation with Dr. Morgan and our team.