If you are missing many or most of your original teeth, consider dentures to restore your teeth’s appearance and function. Though patients report that dental implants feel more like natural teeth, not everyone is a good candidate for implants. Dentures are cheaper, do not require surgery, and are a time-tested and effective technology.
What are the Types of Dentures?
Dentures come in two main types, complete and partial.
- Complete dentures are used when a patient has lost all of their original teeth or had them removed. Once all the teeth are removed, the gum tissue takes eight to twelve weeks to heal, after which dentures can be safely used. In some cases, immediate dentures can be placed immediately after removal. However, these dentures will require more adjustment as the bones and gums settle into their new shape. These dentures should be considered a temporary solution until the conventional dentures are manufactured.
- Partial dentures are used when a patient has retained one or more natural teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to a base colored to match your gums, with a metal framework that holds the assembly in place. By filling in the gaps created by missing teeth, partial dentures prevent neighboring teeth from shifting position.
What is the Process for Getting Dentures?
Often, dental insurance providers will cover the cost of dentures. We will coordinate with your insurance company to maximize your coverage. The process takes place over several weeks. First, your dentist or prosthodontist (a specialist in restoring and replacing teeth) will determine what type of appliance works best for your situation. Next, the team makes impressions of your jaw, which are used to create models to simulate the eventual placement of your dentures. You will try various models to find the best fit. Finally, the denture is cast. You will return for a series of follow-up appointments to make any necessary adjustments.
What Do New Dentures Feel Like
There will be an adjustment process to get used to your new dentures. Eating may be uncomfortable for several weeks. We recommend starting with soft foods cut into small pieces, then gradually adding foods as you become used to chewing with dentures. Avoid hard or sticky foods that could damage the appliance. Your speech will also adjust to the restored shape of your teeth. This settling-in phase will diminish as your cheek and tongue muscles become used to the feel of your dentures.
If you may need dentures, call us to schedule a consultation. Getting dentures is a common procedure, and we will be happy to walk you through it.
Implant Overdenture Utilizing 2 Implants and 2 Teeth
2 Locator Attachments for 2 dental implants
Acrylic teeth were used to stay within the patient’s budget. Acrylic teeth can be easily repaired and replaced with very little expense.
Metal occlusal design which will prevent the teeth from breaking off the frame and provide long term durability