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.
What are dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic teeth, made from a combination of tooth-colored ceramic and acrylic. The ceramic can be customized to resemble the color and contour of the natural teeth perfectly while the acrylic mimics the appearance of the gums. Dentures can be removed from the mouth whenever the patient pleases, such as while going to bed or 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 complicated. 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 mimic the natural teeth perfectly. Anyone who looks at your dentures wouldn't have the faintest idea that they're prosthetic teeth.
Cleaning the dentures is quite easy. You can 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 quick 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 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 to fabricate dentures. In the case of partial dentures, a metal framework holds the few selected teeth in place. After its fabrication, the dentist will place it in the mouth and check for perfect fit and comfort and make any required changes.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (623) 471-5433, and our highly experienced dentists would be happy to help.