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How Do Dentures Work?

When you find yourself without a smile that you love, it can be challenging to feel confident. Over time, age or genetics can take their toll. Dentures cleveland texas offer an easy way to restore the smile you once had.

Why might you need dentures?

It is important to replace missing teeth not only for your smile but for your health. Dentures bring back our patient’s ability to enjoy foods that they may have been avoiding due to an inability to chew comfortably. If you do not need a full denture, it can be crucial to ask about a partial denture as teeth often shift when there is space allowing for movement.

What is a denture?

A denture is a dental appliance tailored to meet the needs of the patient who has missing teeth. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and make a mold. The denture is then fabricated and are often made of an acrylic base colored to match the patient’s gums. Metal may be used to aid in securing a partial denture to the natural teeth.

Which type is best for you?

Your dentist will help you determine if a full denture or a partial denture is right for you. A full denture covers the entire upper part of the mouth, including the roof, and the arch of the lower part, allowing space for the tongue. A partial denture is used when a patient is not missing all of their teeth but needs to have some areas filled. Metal or acrylic clasps are used to anchor the denture to adjacent teeth while allowing for easy removal and cleaning.

Immediate denture or traditional denture:

Traditional dentures are fabricated, generally in a lab outside the dental office while immediate dentures are designed on site for same day placement. Both use impressions of your mouth taken by your dentist. While an immediate denture does allow for immediate placement, keep in mind that you will may need multiple appointments to have your new appliance adjusted. Any discomfort you feel should be expressed to your dentist.

How do dentures work?

Dentures work to restore form and function to the mouth. Full dentures are held in place with adhesive and suction. Partials require attachments to secure the appliance to adjacent teeth. Both styles are removable for cleaning. It is important to maintain the health of your gums so be sure to ask your doctor to show you how to brush the area.

How do you know if you are a candidate?

If you have space in your mouth from missing teeth you could easily benefit from a visit to your dentist to discuss your options. The best way to restore a healthy and functional bite is to make an appointment for a consultation and express your concerns and goals for your new beautiful smile. If you have natural teeth remaining, your dentist will let you know if they are healthy enough to keep. If they are not, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon who will extract the unhealthy teeth before you get your new denture.

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