Other than dental crowns, the most common form of restorative dentistry is dentures.
Dentures are dental appliances used to take the place of missing teeth, and they restore the smile as well as assist with biting and chewing. The most common types of dentures are the traditional dentures (that fit like a mouthguard over the gums), and implant supported dentures.
The traditional type of denture is made to look like your natural teeth and gums. The denture appliance is designed to fit directly over your gums where the teeth have been extracted. If all of the teeth are missing, then a full denture will be made to replace the missing teeth. If there are some teeth still remaining, then a partial denture will be made.
Receiving dentures can take as long as several months. This is because the gums and jaw will change shape after the teeth are extracted, which means the denture has to be modified to fit when the gum and jaw are done with their post-extraction reshaping.
A more permanent solution is denture implants because they require a frame to be surgically installed into the gums. The benefit of this type of denture over the traditional denture is that they are less likely to slip or fall out of the mouth.
The implant-supported dentures also look more natural than the traditional denture, which could help with confidence. Fixed implant dentures can also be brushed and cleaned without being removed from the mouth.
If you have missing teeth, then dentures might be the best option for you.
Having dentures will also support the natural shape of your mouth, which helps to get the gums and jaw healthy. In addition to that benefit, if you have missing teeth, then dentures will allow you to enjoy a wider variety of foods. This is because you will be able to bite and chew food more easily.
We know that the decision to get dentures is not an easy one, so if you need dentures, we promise to give you all of the information you will need in order to make an educated decision.
Give us a call or stop by our offices, and we will help you to choose the type of dentures that are right for you.