The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. Often implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.
What You Need to Know About Dentures
Whether it’s accidents, improper dental hygiene, or simply old age, we can lose our teeth for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s tooth decay or oral disease. Thanks to advances in dental technology, modern dentures are getting better all the time and are one of the most reliable solutions for missing teeth.
There are two main types of dentures:
In order to receive full dentures, our highly trained dentists might possibly need to remove any remaining teeth in your mouth. Your gums will need time to heal before conventional full dentures can be worn safely and comfortably. Our doctors will make sure that you receive a temporary set of dentures while the healing takes place.
Full dentures are always made custom fit for each patient in a laboratory so they fit perfectly into your mouth.
Partial dentures are most often used after an accident has knocked out a tooth or a few teeth. If the natural tooth cannot be replaced and the other teeth are healthy enough to remain in your mouth, partial dentures may be used to replace your missing teeth. Partial dentures use healthy teeth as support, and a framework is built in the mouth that the dentures attach to.
Getting Used to Dentures
New dentures may feel a little strange or ill-fitting for a few weeks until your cheeks and tongue muscles learn to keep them in place. As time goes on, you’ll get more comfortable inserting and removing them. Also, it is not unusual for people to experience minor irritation or soreness when you first start wearing dentures, but these problems will diminish as your mouth adjusts.
Dentures may not be the best choice for everyone. Your Apex Family Dentist may decide, depending on your circumstances, that dental implants are a better option for you. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the advantages and disadvantages of dentures or dental implants.
Don’t like your dentures? We have a permanent comfortable solution. Learn more about Dental Implants here.