The advancement of dentures isn’t only limited to being a set of replacement teeth. Harry Ashitey, DDS, and his dedicated team of dental experts at Aesthetic Dentistry & Implant Center in Corinth, Texas can show you your denture options so you can restore your smile and your confidence. If you’re worried about replacement teeth sliding around in your mouth, making it hard to talk, eat, or even smile, call the office or schedule an appointment online to find the proper denture options for you.
Dentures are removable replacement teeth. There are two different types of dentures: partial and complete. Partial dentures replace a specific tooth or set of teeth in your mouth. Complete dentures replace the full arch of either your top or bottom teeth.
The process for getting partial dentures differs from the complete denture process.
If you only need to replace one or a few teeth, Dr. Ashitey fits you with a partial denture. The replacement teeth are shaped and colored to match the surrounding teeth perfectly, giving you a full, natural-looking smile. The teeth will be affixed to a pink base that matches your gums. Most partial dentures use a metal structure to hold the teeth in place.
In order to get complete dentures, your full arch of teeth first needs to be removed. Then, you have two options. You can get traditional dentures once your jaw fully heals from your teeth removal. That healing process usually takes a few months. Waiting until this healing process is complete ensures that your dentures will fit comfortably and sturdily in your newly shaped jaw.
If you don’t want to wait, you also have the option to get immediate dentures. These dentures are placed in your mouth the same day your teeth are removed. This gives you a full set of teeth right away, but it also usually means that your denture will need to be reshaped as your jaw heals and changes.
Dentures require the same care as natural teeth. You need to brush them regularly to remove plaque and prevent decay. You also need to brush your mouth, even if you have complete dentures. Make sure to brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and your gums to maintain your oral hygiene.
No. In fact, dentures can help you protect your appearance. Without the structure teeth provide, your face can start to sag. Dentures restore that structure to your mouth so your appearance stays the same.
Talking and eating with dentures might feel odd at first, but most patients adjust to it quickly and are able to speak and eat confidently with their dentures in a short time.
If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, dentures are an easy way to restore your smile. Call Aesthetic Dentistry & Implant Center or schedule your appointment online to learn more.