If you have tooth loss, there are several solutions today, with dentures being one of the most popular tooth replacement methods with multiple variations to meet your unique needs and preferences. So rather than let worry about where to begin hold you back, explore this introduction and get started on the road to a more confident smile.
Denture Types Defined
Dentures are one of several options for people missing teeth or with loss of surrounding gum tissue. There are complete and partial dentures, both with a few key different varieties. Complete dentures are an excellent, cost-effective possibility if a patient is missing all of their teeth. However, when one or more natural teeth are present, partial dentures are an advisable route to return to enjoying speaking and eating again.
Conventional dentures are made once the healing of your gum tissues is complete and placed anywhere from eight to 12 weeks after tooth removal. For patients that need interim temporary dentures, there are immediate dentures we can make ahead of time to prevent the inconvenience and embarrassment of being without teeth. Should you opt for this path, it is crucial to understand that, as you heal, your gums and bones shrink. This poses a challenge for optimal fit and will entail a dental appointment or two for adjustments to ensure the best fit possible.
Partial dentures, also known as bridges, are removable teeth affixed to a plastic base designed to look like natural gums. This type of denture also has the benefit of preventing teeth from shifting. Often, a metal framework is utilized to securely hold partial dentures in place. However, a fixed bridge is cemented into position and involves placing crowns onto the teeth that are adjacent to the space. New Look Dental provides precision partial dentures with internal attachments instead of clasps to fasten bridges to crowns on either side of the space, which makes them appear more natural.
Dental implants can also be combined with bridges for more stability and the most natural-looking appearance. Dental implants are gradually replacing dentures as the premier tooth replacement solutions, but there is yet another option. Permanent dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, are a highly stable hybrid solution of the two. They utilize dental implants as a substitute for the roots of lost teeth, with the permanent denture attached to the posts. This method stimulates the jawbone, preventing bone loss.
If you elect to go with dentures, know that today’s appliances are not your grandparents’ dentures. Today’s dentures are made to closely resemble natural teeth, so there should be only a small noticeable change in appearance. They are much more natural looking and can even restore lost volume to your cheeks, helping you recover a more youthful appearance.
Tooth Replacement Costs
Dental insurance often covers a portion, or the entire cost of dentures, making them the most reasonable route for replacing lost teeth. While dental implants are more costly due to their authentic look and feel, they are definitely worth considering. If you want to learn more about the best tooth replacement options for you, schedule a dental appointment with us where we can evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine which solution meets your specific requirements.
The Denture Journey
There are a few simple steps to take to get your new teeth.
Step 1: You and your dentist decide on the best dentures for you.
Step 2: We’ll take measurements and impressions to capture the amount of space between your jaws and how they relate to each other.
Step 3: Models made out of plastic or wax are formed in the precise position and shape of your intended denture.
Step 4: You will come into the dental clinic to try on your model to verify that the fit, color and shape are perfect.
Step 5: Necessary adjustments are made.
Step 6: A final denture is cast.
Step 7: You return to the dentist office to pick up your new dental appliance.
Getting to Know Your New Teeth
Like anything new, there is a short, two to three-week adjustment period as you become accustomed to your new dentures. You will become acquainted with how they feel and how best to insert and remove them while your tongue and cheek muscles discover how to keep your dentures in place. It is common to experience an increase in saliva and some soreness or irritation. Similar to wearing a new pair of shoes, you will quickly become used to your dentures.
Eating With Dentures: Learning how to eat with dentures will take some getting used to. Experts recommend starting with soft foods, cutting food into small pieces and chewing slowly, making sure not to favor one side of the mouth over the other. Exercise caution with hard, sharp-edged and hot foods as you adapt. Once you are comfortable, add in other foods until you are back to enjoying your favorites. Refrain from chewing gum, using toothpicks and eating sticky or hard foods to ensure your dentures stay in place.
Speaking With Dentures: Patients often experience some difficulty speaking particular words. However, with just a little practice talking out loud and some patience, you will quickly overcome this new challenge and be talking just like your old self.
When To Contact Your Dentist Office
While coughing, laughing or smiling may cause dentures to slip on occasion, they can be quickly and easily repositioned when you bite down and swallow But, if you hear a “click” when you talk or continue having challenges with eating or speaking once the adjustment period is over, be sure to let us know.
We want you to have the best experience possible with your new teeth and are here to help.
While it may take a few appointments to get you in the right direction towards your perfect new smile, whatever option you choose will be worth it. You may even receive compliments on your renewed appearance.