Dentures

 

Dentures are used to replace missing or lost teeth, allowing people to eat a healthy diet and smile with confidence. They are typically made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. In either the upper or lower jaw, a ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture replaces all of the natural teeth. A ‘partial’ denture fills the gaps left by missing or lost teeth. Metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’ may be used to secure it to your natural teeth.

 

Why should you wear dentures?

Full dentures, which replace all of your teeth, are designed to fit snugly over your gums. They will assist you in eating comfortably and speaking clearly, as well as boost your confidence and self-esteem.

 

Partial dentures replace missing teeth and are sometimes supported by the teeth you still have. If you have gaps between your teeth, your other teeth may move to fill the space, resulting in crooked or tilted teeth. This could affect your bite and cause damage to your other teeth.

 

How soon can you have a denture after the teeth are taken out?

Dentures can usually be fitted immediately after your teeth have been extracted. These are known as ‘immediate dentures.’ We will take measurements and impressions of your mouth when you come in. With immediate dentures, you won’t have to go without teeth while your gums heal. Bone and gums, on the other hand, can shrink over time, especially in the first six months after tooth extraction. If your gums shrink, your immediate dentures may need to be relined, adjusted, or replaced. If such thing happens you are advised to Contact Us.

For a better fit we advise you to wait until your gums are healed before having your dentures. It is possible that healing will take several months.

 

Will dentures make you look different?

Replacing lost or missing teeth is extremely beneficial to your health and appearance. A full or complete denture replaces your natural teeth and supports your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older, and it will be more difficult for them to eat and speak properly.

 

Dentures can be made to look exactly like your natural teeth, so your appearance is unaffected. Modern dentures may even improve the appearance of your smile and help to fill out your face.

 

Will you be able to eat with dentures?

Eating will require some practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Slowly chew, using both sides of your mouth at the same time, to keep the denture from moving. As you get used to your denture, gradually introduce new foods until you’re back to your normal healthy diet.

Will dentures change how you speak?

Certain words may require practice to pronounce. It will help to read aloud and repeat difficult words.

If your dentures slip when you laugh, cough, or smile, gently bite down and swallow to reposition them. If this happens frequently, please get in touch with us.

If you think you need a Denture don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We will be happy to help you. You can call us at 803 888-5586 to schedule an appointment

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