Is your smile missing some teeth? If so, you’re not alone! Almost 70 percent of American adults between the ages of 35 and 55 have lost at least one of their natural teeth. Tooth loss can be due to an accident, tooth decay, injury or gum disease. The good news though, is that there are affordable, aesthetically pleasing options available to replace missing teeth.
There are different types of dentures, but ultimately we will decide between partial and full dentures to restore your smile. Partial dentures are used to replace groups of teeth or a few teeth across the lower or upper jaw. These dentures attach to remaining teeth and have a gum-colored portion meant to blend into the existing gum. Full dentures are used for total tooth replacement for either upper or lower teeth and, in some cases, both.
Who needs dentures?
Dentures are not just for elderly patients. Patients of any age may lose some or all of their teeth and may require a denture of some sort. If your jawbone is unhealthy, or you have extensive gum disease, full or partial dentures may be your best choice. Full dentures are placed about 12 weeks after unhealthy teeth have been removed. People who wear dentures enjoy the following advantages:
Dentures are often covered by dental insurance
Dentures are a safer option for those with unstable jawbones or other medical conditions
No surgery = No risk!
Dentures are adjustable and can be altered if needed
How are dentures made?
The denture process takes about one to two month to complete. Once our team determines what type of appliance fits you best, we will complete the following steps:
Create a series of impressions of the jaw and take measurements of how the jaws relate to one another
Create models, wax forms and/or plastic patterns in the same shape and position of the denture to be made
Cast a final denture
Fit the denture in the patients mouth and make adjustments
If you have suffered the loss of your teeth, it is important to consider the many benefits of dentures. If you are afraid that you might need dentures in the future, there are preventative steps you can take by visiting the dentist and receiving regular preventative dental care while also practicing proper oral hygiene techniques at home.
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