If you have lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as remaining teeth are removed. Our dentists take measurements and make models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Advances in dentistry have made many improvements in dentures. The use of implants to support, strengthen, and make dentures more retentive is now considered standard treatment. Our doctors and team members endeavor to improve, dramatically, the fit and feel of dentures by utilizing these state of the art implants to support dentures.
Dentures are more natural looking and comfortable than they used to be because of remarkably life like materials replacing the old acrylic type dentures. Dentures may still feel strange at first. In the beginning, your dentist will want to see you often to make sure the dentures fit. Over time, your mouth will change and your dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. Be sure to let our doctors handle these adjustments.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.