Dentures are a boon to patients who have lost a lot of teeth due to causes such as external trauma, health conditions, decay, etc. When the number of missing teeth is on the higher side, it is not advisable to replace or restore them using dental implants or bridges. It is quite a risky process, as well. Hence, we suggest dentures to such patients as they offer a few advantages that their counterparts do not.
What are dentures?
Missing teeth can make your smile appear as displeasing as ever. But, you need not live with such a smile as dentistry has an ingenious solution to this problem. Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are fabricated to fit in the patient’s mouth. They can be used to restore all or just a few of your missing teeth, as well as restore the functionality and aesthetics of your mouth. They are fabricated from dental-grade ceramic and acrylic to mimic the appearance of the teeth and gums, respectively.
I still have a few teeth intact. Can I get dentures?
Of course. Dentures can be categorized into two distinct types, full and partial dentures. Full or conventional dentures are suggested to patients who have lost all their teeth. But, if you have a good number of teeth still intact and wish to retain them, you may choose partial dentures. Partial dentures are backed by a metal frame along with the ceramic and acrylic. The denture will have teeth in specific positions, i.e., where your teeth are missing. Provisions will be made for your natural teeth, and when you put the dentures on, the prosthetic teeth will perfectly blend in with your existing teeth.
What is the procedure involved?
The dentist will thoroughly diagnose your oral set up when you come for the initial consultation. Based on your condition, the dentist will suggest either complete or partial dentures. A highly precise digital mold of your mouth and jaw ridges will be taken. The dentist uses this as a reference for fabricating the dentures in a dental laboratory. While making the dentures, the color of the teeth, texture, translucency, the color of the acrylic, etc. will be decided based on the visual observations made.
During the next appointment, the dentures will be placed in your mouth and checked for fit and comfort. The dentist also checks if you can move your jaws comfortably so that the dentures do not cause discomfort while eating food. If any changes are required, the dentist makes adjustments to ensure your dentures are perfect to use. The dentures can be taken off and put on as needed, making them easy to use. You can clean them using your regular toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (773) 880-2310 to have a consultation with Dr. Eliot, and we will be happy to help.