The loss of one or more teeth can result in a number of concerns, including a loss of confidence in your smile. At Atlantic Dentistry we offer a number of smile restoration treatments, including dental implants and dentures. There are several options for dentures. The option that is right for you will depend largely on factors that are specific to your dental health.
What Exactly Are Dentures?
Dentures are oral appliances that are custom-made to fit the mouth of each patient. They replace the missing teeth, while restoring the lost oral functions and aesthetics. Dentures can be full or partial. A full denture is the option selected when the patient is missing most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is the option selected when just a few teeth have been lost.
Dentures will need to be made in an off site laboratory, after our dentist gets the right measurements to assure you of a good fit.
Complete dentures are prosthetic teeth on a plastic base that is shaded to blend with the color of the gums. The full set of teeth could be porcelain or plastic. Traditional full dentures are held in the mouth by a denture adhesive that forms a bond between the gums and the dentures. Dentures can also be secured with dental implants that are strategically placed in the jaw.
Partial dentures feature several prosthetic teeth supported by a metal framework or a plastic base. Partial dentures are typically secured with clasps and rests that are adapted around the remaining natural teeth.
Some partial dentures can be removed by the patient, while others are bonded in place until the dentist removes them. Partial dentures are a viable option for patients who would like to get dental implants but need some time before they can pursue that course of treatment.
The Process of Getting Dentures
The processes for getting complete and partial dentures will differ slightly. Each will require a consultation with our dentist and an appointment to get impressions made. Complete dentures will involve molds of the gums that will be supporting the dentures. Partial dentures will involve molds taken of the gums and the teeth surrounding the gap where the partial denture will be set.
The molds will be sent to an off-site laboratory that will build the dentures, based on the impressions that were taken. It can take several weeks to receive the completed dentures. At this point, you will return to our office to be fitted with the dentures. Some minor adjustments may be needed, to ensure that you have the most comfortable fit.
Is Denture Adhesive Important?
Denture adhesive helps to secure the dentures to the gums. It takes just a small amount of adhesive to get a stable fit for your dentures. If your dentures are ill fitting, denture adhesive should be used to compensate. It is important to get a comfortable fit, so be sure to schedule an appointment with our dentist so the fit of your dentures can be evaluated.
How Long Will Dentures Last?
With proper care, your dentures should last for a least five years. It is important that you keep up with your regular checkups, as there will be some change to the bone in your jaw. As the bone shrinks it can result in your dentures fitting loosely. The rate at which this takes place can vary between individuals. It can be kept under control with those routine visits to check up on your overall dental wellness.
Contact Atlantic Dentistry to schedule a consultation for dentures. Your new smile will be worth it.
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