What are Dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic appliances that are worn to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures only contain several teeth per prosthesis and are kept in place by clipping to surrounding teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth and are kept in place by suction, but can also be stabilized using gels, creams and adhesives specific to dentures. Dentures not only help to improve overall oral function, but they can enhance your facial structure by filling in sunken-in areas around the cheeks and jaw.

Why are Dentures needed?

Dentures are needed because they replace missing teeth. When you are missing many or all of your teeth, it can make it difficult and even impossible to enjoy your favorite foods. Over time, your cheeks may even begin to sink in, causing you to look older than you actually are. Dentures are incredibly realistic-looking appliances that are made to be comfortable and long-wearing.

What makes you a good candidate for Dentures?

Before a new set of dentures can be made for you, you will need to come in for an exam and consultation. We can determine what type of denture is right for you as well as any extractions that may need to be done before being fitted for the prosthesis. Most dentures can last for up to seven years before they may begin to show signs of wear and tear. At this time, we recommend having a new set of dentures made to continue to enhance your smile and dentition.

What happens during the Denture procedure?

First, you will come in and have impressions taken. These impressions, or molds, are then sent out to a local dental lab where techs will create the new prosthesis for you. You will come back in and have the plate placed. We may need to adjust the fit and bite of the denture to ensure that it’s comfortable. It is not uncommon to need several adjustments before the denture fits perfectly. You may need to have the denture remade if you lose or gain a lot of weight. Dentures can last for about five to seven years before it’s recommended to have them replaced.

If you think you might need dentures or would like to learn more about this option, call our office today and we will help in answering all of your questions.