Dentures are removable appliances that fit over the gums to hold artificial teeth in spaces where natural teeth are missing. The artificial teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over teeth treated by an endodontist and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.
Dentures can be fabricated two different ways:
- A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues have healed.
In some cases, your dentist might advise that your gums need to heal before you can wear dentures. Although this means that you will be without teeth for several months, you will be more likely to have dentures that fit without needing adjustment later.
- An Immediate denture is fabricated and inserted after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
An immediate denture may be the best solution when complete extractions of your remaining teeth is unavoidable. An immediate denture will allow you to avoid the embarrassment of living without teeth for a period of time.
Over a normal course of time, dentures will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for diseases or change.
The decision to get dentures is a big one. There are many factors to consider and we can discuss those with you at your appointment. It will take some time for you to get used to eating and talking naturally after having dentures placed. We are happy to help our patients adjust to life with dentures in Kalkaska. Dentures are false teeth but still need to be cared for the same way that you would care for natural teeth. They require brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Please schedule an appointment with us to determine if dentures are the right choice for you!