Whenever a patient visits us with an issue of missing teeth, we have a few solutions that could help them get their extracted teeth back. In the case of more than a few missing teeth, restorations such as implants and bridges wouldn't be appropriate. Hence, we recommend dentures when the number of teeth to be restored is more. They offer several advantages over their alternatives and are highly sought after by patients.
What are dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are made from a combination of tooth-colored ceramic and acrylic. The ceramic can be customized to perfectly resemble the color and contour of the natural teeth. The acrylic is used to mimic the appearance of the gums. Dentures can be removed from the mouth as and when the patient pleases, such as while going to bed or to clean their mouth.
Advantages of getting dentures
Dentures are removable prosthetics, unlike its alternatives such as bridges or implants.
When a patient loses almost all their teeth, biting and chewing food would become too difficult. In fact, it could negatively affect their appetite and digestion. Dentures restore the biting and chewing ability of the patient.
Losing a significant number of teeth can make the cheeks and chin appear shrunken. However, when they put dentures on, their facial shape will be restored to normal. The cheeks and chin naturally appear fuller and patients tend to look younger.
Dentures look exactly like natural teeth. Its color, texture, translucency, and contour can be customized to perfectly mimic the natural teeth. Anyone who looks at your dentures wouldn't have the faintest idea that they're prosthetic teeth.
Cleaning the dentures is as easy as it can get. You can simply take them off, brush them with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste, and put them back on.
Dentures are available in two forms, complete and partial dentures. If you have lost all your teeth, complete dentures would be the apt solution to restore all of them. But, if you still have some teeth left, partial dentures can be chosen as they restore only the particular missing teeth.
How are dentures fabricated?
Since dentures are customized according to the shape of the patient's mouth, we will have to take a few x-rays and scans of the mouth. This allows the dentist to analyze the spacing available for fabricating the dentures and to determine whether any jawbone deterioration has occurred or not. Depending on the number of missing teeth, the dentist will suggest either complete or partial dentures.
Highly-precise molds of the mouth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory. Here, dentures will be fabricated from tooth-colored ceramic and acrylic. In the case of partial dentures, a metal framework may also be required to hold the selected few teeth in place. Once they’re fabricated, the dentist will place it in the mouth and check for perfect fit and comfort. If any changes are required, they will be made.
Call us at (863) 225-5600 or schedule an online appointment with us and we’ll be able to guide you further.