Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and are designed to look like your natural teeth.
You may require dentures if you have:
- Lost some or all of your teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.
- Difficulty chewing or speaking due to missing teeth.
- Uncomfortable or painful gums.
- A desire to improve your appearance by filling in gaps caused by missing teeth.
- A problem with pronunciation and enunciation.
Over 36 million Americans wear dentures.
The first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaun Williams or Dr. Charles Wenzel for an initial consultation. During the consultation, they’ll examine your mouth and discuss the different types of dentures available.
If dentures are recommended, impressions of your gums and remaining teeth will be taken to create a mold of your mouth. This mold will be sent to a dental laboratory to create your custom dentures.
The dental laboratory will use the mold to create your custom dentures. This process can take several weeks, and during this time, you may be given a temporary denture to wear.
Once your dentures have been made, you will return to the office for a fitting. During this appointment, your dentures will be adjusted as needed to ensure they fit properly and comfortably in your mouth.
After your fitting, you will be given instructions on how to care for your dentures. It's important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure the longevity of your dentures.
Partial dentures are designed to replace one or a few missing teeth. They are attached to your remaining natural teeth using clasps or precision attachments. Partial dentures help to restore your smile, improve your chewing ability, and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting.
Full dentures are used to replace all your missing teeth. They rest on your gums and can be held in place by suction or dental adhesive. Full dentures help to improve your speech, chewing ability, and facial appearance.
Losing teeth can lead to bone loss and cause your facial muscles to sag, making you look older?
With proper care and maintenance, dentures can last anywhere from five to ten years
Yes, you can eat with your dentures, but it's recommended that you start with softer foods and cut them into small pieces. That said, you should avoid sticky or hard foods, as they can cause damage to your dentures.
Initially, it may take some time to get used to speaking with your dentures, but with practice, most people adjust quickly. Speaking with dentures may cause a slight lisp or changes in the way you pronounce certain words, but these issues should resolve with time.
Taking care of your dentures is essential for their longevity and oral health. We recommend brushing your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and a mild denture cleaner. Rinse your dentures after every meal to remove any food particles. Don't forget to soak your dentures overnight to keep them moist and avoid warping. Also, it's important to see your dentist regularly for denture adjustments and checkups.
While it's possible to sleep with your dentures in, it's not recommended. Wearing dentures overnight can cause irritation and increase the risk of infection. It's best to remove your dentures at night and soak them in a cleaning solution.
Dentures can improve your speech by helping you articulate words properly, especially if you have lost your front teeth.