Regain Your Confidence
If you're thinking about getting dentures, you might be asking yourself some questions: "How will they fit? Will they look natural? Will anyone know I'm wearing fake teeth?" You might be concerned about practical matters such as the cost of dentures and whether affordable dentures are within your reach.
Although no one welcomes a partial or full set of replacement teeth, they help you chew, eat and speak normally and without pain. They also keep any existing teeth you have from drifting out of position, which prevents a range of dental problems. Most importantly, affordable dentures restore your smile and give you the confidence to show off your pearly whites without feeling self-conscious about missing teeth. With proper denture care, your replacement teeth will last for years.
Are there different kinds of dentures?
- Complete Dentures -- Complete or full dentures are made after teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually two to three months).
- Immediate Dentures -- These dentures are ready for wear the same day any remaining teeth are removed so you don't have to spend any time without teeth. The drawback is that you'll need more adjustments, since your gums and bones will shrink during the healing process.
- Partial Dentures -- A removable partial denture is used if you have several teeth that are healthy but you have other teeth that must be removed or have been missing for a long period of time. A partial denture replaces the missing teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Removable partials are connected by a metal framework that helps keep them in place.
- Implant Retained Dentures - This type of denture is supported by dental implants. It is sometimes called a permanent denture because it will not move and will not rock. You can go back to eating all of your favorite foods you've been missing.
What's involved in denture care at home?
Dr Chaiken and his staff at North Dental Professionals will offer tips on denture care. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. Professional denture care in the form of a denture reline may be needed every few years to adjust the fit. If your dentures become too loose over time -- which can happen as your mouth's structure naturally changes -- Dr Chaiken may suggest a new set.
It is important that you come to North Dental Professionals for an annual dental examination. Dr Chaiken will check your gum tissue and the fit of your denture, partial or implant retrained denture.