If you are missing most or all of your teeth and are searching for a replacement option, you may be a good candidate for complete or partial dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures are a removable appliance (non-bonded) that can be taken in and out as you please. They are composed of replacement teeth that are secured to a gum-colored base. An upper denture will fit over the roof of your mouth, while the lower piece is shaped like a horseshoe.
When would I remove my dentures?
Dentures can be worn to eat and through the duration of the day. It is important, however, to clean them after every meal and to let them soak at night. When you clean your dentures, you are removing unwanted particles of food and bacteria that can lead to disease and decay in your mouth.
Am I a good candidate for dentures?
Good candidates for dentures include those suffering from gum disease or tooth decay and those who are missing many or all of their natural teeth. In order for dentures to work properly, you must have enough jawbone and gum tissue to support the appliance. If you are interested in dentures, we will set up a consultation to determine if this is the best replacement option for you.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures allow you to eat, speak, and smile again. They can also help to fill out your face, which can begin to sag and droop without the presence of teeth. While your natural teeth are always best, dentures can help restore form and function.
What are the different types of dentures?
When you think of dentures, you likely picture the most conventional model of complete dentures – a full, removable piece. Since they cover the entirety of your mouth, however, they can only be inserted after all remaining teeth have been removed and the gums have healed, which can take several weeks or months.
If you do not want to be toothless as you wait for your mouth to heal, there are also immediate complete dentures, which are removable and inserted on the same day teeth are extracted. As your gums heal, your appliance will need to be realigned and adjusted.
Overdenture or partial dentures are also popular. They consist of a partial mold that is fitted around existing teeth. It’s a fantastic option for candidates with just a few teeth remaining, as your teeth actually serve as an additional source of support for both your jawbone, as well as the denture.
Do you think dentures may be the right treatment option for you? Come see us to schedule a consultation. We will evaluate your dental situation and medical history to help you choose the most efficient tooth replacement option. Call us today at (614) 882-6741 to schedule an appointment.