Full & Partial Dentures for Multiple Teeth Replacement
While many adults experience tooth loss, it not limited to an age group and younger adults can and do experience tooth loss. Whether it is poor oral hygiene or an accident, if you currently have missing teeth, full or partial dentures can make a dramatic difference both aesthetically and functionally.
In addition to dental implants, dentures are a popular option for replacing portions of missing teeth. Dentures are a better options for patients who are looking to avoid invasive procedures that come along with dental implants. Dentures are not fixed permanently like implants, so they are removable plates or frames. Dentures are customized to fit your individual mouth to replace your missing tooth or teeth.
Dentures are easily tailored to fit most locations in your mouth and can resemble your original teeth or more aesthetically appealing versions of your original teeth. What’s more, dentures bring with many benefits, including better functionality and protection for exposed gums and teeth. And let’s not ignore that fact that full or partial dentures help you share your full and confident smile with the world again!
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Once you and the Edgerton and Glenn dentist determine that dentures are the best treatment plan for you and your oral health, you can plan on a multi-step process. At your initial consultation, the dentist will examine the jawline where your tooth or teeth are missing and the surrounding remaining teeth. The dentist needs to note their overall health, to decide whether full or partial dentures are the best option. After deciding which will work best for your mouth, the next step is taking dental impressions of the remaining teeth and gums.
The impression will help to create the appliances that are specifically designed to fit the needs of your individual mouth. The dentist may decide that additional teeth need to be extracted before your denture impression can be made so you will have to wait for the gums to heal and then the impression can be made.
After the impression, you and the dentist will discuss the finer details of your dentures, the size, shade, and shape of the teeth. Some people prefer to have the new dentures reflect their original teeth so a photo of your smile is the best way for the dentist to match your original teeth as closely as possible.
The impression and the specific notes will be sent to a lab to design and fabricate the dentures. After the design phase, the dentist will need to arrange a trial fitting. You and the dentist need to determine that the fit is correct for your teeth, gums and bite. Then you will have your new, complete smile.
Partial Denture Information
Where full dentures are complete or nearly complete sets of upper and lower teeth, partial dentures are designed to fill in gap from a missing tooth or teeth, not the full set. Partial dentures are removable and most closely resemble a replacement tooth or teeth on a retainer. In most instances, partial dentures specifically have replacement teeth fixed to a base composed of acrylic that is shaded to match the natural color of your gums. The partial denture most times has an added clasp to keep the denture in place that attaches to your existing natural teeth. The benefit is added clasp can reduce the need for adhesive.
While you are adjusting to your new partial denture, it will feel uncomfortable to take your teeth in and out of your mouth. This odd feeling usually passes the more you adjust to wearing the denture. While you are adjusting to your new dentures, be sure to never force the denture into place by biting down on it. If the denture is not lined up properly, the clasps may break or bend. Your dentures are not designed to wear 24 hours a day.
While having a complete, bright smile is one of the first benefits you will notice from your new full or partial dentures, you will also be to articulate clearly and chew your food more thoroughly. Unlike dental implants, dentures are not surgically adhered in your mouth, so you should experience very little discomfort while wearing them. Some people elect to have 1-2 dental implants placed which the denture or partial snaps to for added stability and security. Structurally, dentures support cheeks and lips, and the
support prevents your face from hollowing and sagging. Long-lasting with a replacement schedule of only five to ten years, your dentures are more affordable and efficient than your glasses and will certainly help you enjoy your life day to day.
While dentures are not real teeth, you still need to make sure that you keep their care a top priority. Clean your dentures when you take them out and take time to brush and clean your gums and if you have any remaining teeth.
Costs for each procedure vary depending on how long the procedure takes, what materials the procedure requires, how many visits the procedure requires, and the amount of work the dentist is required to do. It may surprise you to know, but dental insurance may cover some of the costs for these as well as elective procedures as they lead to improved overall dental health and long term benefits. If you do not have dental insurance coverage or you have any questions about payment options for your treatment plan, you are more than welcome to talk to our staff at any time. Your budget’s health is just as important as your mouth’s health.
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At Edgerton & Glenn Cosmetic and General Dentistry. We strive to build relationships with our patients. You are more than just teeth, you are our patient and friend and we want to help you to achieve and maintain oral health as best we can. We look forward to meeting you and talking about what is best for you and your mouth. Please contact us to set up a dentures appointment at (910) 256-9230.
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