Dentures are removable tooth prosthetics designed to look and function like natural teeth. For thousands of years, various forms of dentures have been used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth; Today’s dentures are much more advanced and easier to care for. Most dentures are composed of replacement teeth attached to acrylic bases that take on the appearance of the gums.
Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth, and complete dentures replace a full sets of teeth. Many patients elect dentures for tooth replacement if they are not candidates for dental implants or are otherwise looking for a tooth replacement option that is more budget-friendly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am a candidate for removable dentures?
If you are missing one or more teeth and thinking of getting dentures, you will first need a professional consultation with a dentist experienced in denture placement. During this time, you can explore your tooth prosthetic options, ask questions, and make a decision as to whether dentures are right for you.
What should I expect when being fitted for dentures?
If you need one or more teeth removed, the process could take several months while you wait for your gums to heal from the extractions. An impression will then be taken of your gums and the supporting bones beneath the gum, which will be used to fabricate a complete or partial denture in a dental lab.
Will I need to follow any special after-care instructions?
Once your dentures are ready, you can begin wearing them on a daily basis. Expect the first few weeks to be an adjustment period, during which time you will adapt to the feel of your new dentures, as well as learn how to manipulate your tongue and cheek muscles to keep them in place. You may also experience slight irritation or soreness from the initial denture wear. If this does not subside on it’s own, please inform the office.