When you are missing teeth, it may feel like a part of your personality is missing, too. You may not want to show your smile out of shame of your missing teeth. To even further complicate the issue, having missing teeth can start to wear away at your facial appearance, since your cheeks may start to take on a hollow and prematurely aged appearance. You may start to avoid eating your favorite foods due to your lack of teeth and may start to experience pain from a weakened bite force. Fortunately, dentures can help reverse many of these negative aspects of having missing teeth, helping you to feel good about your appearance and your lifestyle once more.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures consist of a skin-colored acrylic tray that holds your prosthetic teeth. In the past, dentures had quite the reputation of being obvious and even unsightly, but today's dentures are much more realistic looking. We can match the acrylic tray to your skin tone and dye the prosthetic teeth, so they are not blindingly white or artificial looking. Dentures are now custom fit to your mouth, helping ensure their best comfort when you are wearing them. For many of our patients, they are the ideal choice, giving them fast results without any need for invasive surgeries or delays.
What Kinds of Dentures Should I Get?
There are two main types of dentures available: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. That means that if you are missing all of your teeth from your upper jaw, your lower jaw, or both, you can use dentures in their place. Upper dentures go over your soft palate, but lower dentures are more of a ™U™ shape to accommodate your tongue. If you needed to have any teeth extracted, we might fit you with temporary dentures while your gums heal. Because your gums shrink over time, plan on needing to have your dentures relined for your best fit. If you take good care of them, they can last you up to ten years.
Partial dentures are best for patients who are only missing a few teeth. The prosthetic teeth rest on a metal framework that fits behind your teeth and helps support the partial. For some of our patients, we may advise placing a crown over your existing teeth to help act as an anchor for the partial. Both full and partial dentures can be removed from your mouth for cleaning.
If you are interested in learning more about dentures, or you are ready to schedule an appointment at our office, please give us here at Advanced Dental Associates a call at (210) 714-5589 today!