Dentures are a tooth replacement option for people who have lost their natural teeth. They are custom-made from various materials including acrylics or polymers to provide an adequate fit and cover up any gaps left by missing teeth. A complete set of dentures can be used to replace the entire upper or lower arch of teeth, while partial dentures can be used to replace multiple missing teeth when there are still natural teeth present in the mouth.
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Traditional dentures use suction to remain in place. However there are also implant-supported dentures, which are held in place by dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for dentures?
You may be a candidate for dentures if you have lost all your teeth due to damage, decay, gum disease, or extraction. You may also be a candidate for a partial denture if you are missing one or more teeth but still have natural teeth. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for dentures and what type of denture is right for your smile, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry today.
What can I expect when getting dentures at Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry?
When getting dentures at Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your mouth. To prepare for dentures, you may need to have any remaining damaged or decayed teeth extracted. If extractions are needed, you will need to wait until your mouth heals to proceed.
During your visit, we will take impressions of your mouth that we send to a dental lab for them to create a customized denture or partial denture that fits perfectly into your mouth. During the fabrication process, there may be one or more fitting appointments used to make adjustments so that the final product fits seamlessly.
What can I expect after getting dentures?
After getting dentures, you can expect a bit of an adjustment period while you get accustomed to your new teeth. While the process is different for each person, it is common to begin by eating foods that are soft and easy to chew. As you become more comfortable with your dentures, you can progress to eating harder foods. You may also need to practice speaking clearly while wearing your dentures, either by reading out loud or having conversations with family members or friends.
Your dentist will provide you with information on how to properly care for your dentures. At a glance, you can expect to clean your dentures daily and remove them at night while you sleep. You should always store your dentures in water or denture solution to maintain their shape. Even with proper care, you can expect to have your dentures replaced every so often.