Missing teeth can take a toll on your oral health. Kennedy Dental takes advantage of today’s technology to offer a variety of different tooth replacement options. If you are missing most, or all of your teeth, dentures are a great way to restore your smile.

What are dentures?

Full or partial dentures consist of a gum-colored base that fits the rest of the alveolar crest. The prosthetic teeth used in the dentures are crafted to look like natural ones and are used to bite and chew. The upper teeth receive extra support from the roof of your mouth.

Initially, wearing dentures may be uncomfortable and will require some time to adjust. The muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the mouth learn to work in new ways to support your new dentures over time. Normal oral functions become easier and more comfortable over time. Dentures also support facial bones and the soft lip and cheek tissues. This helps create a younger look and makes sure that you don’t have a sunken face.

What are the Types of Full Dentures?

Immediate dentures:
An immediate denture allows you to go without missing front teeth for any period of time. Since muscle adjustment is generally required and natural gum shrinkage occurs, the dentures used immediately after the extraction of the teeth will not fit as well. After healing, the immediate denture will be relined and adjust appropriately. 

Conventional full dentures:
Permanent dentures can be fitted to create a natural and comfortable feeling in your mouth.

Implant-supported Overdentures:
Two or more dental implants can be secured to increase the stability of a lower or upper denture. In general, the upper jaw requires three or more implants, and the lower jaw usually requires less. This is because of the lower bone density in the top of the mouth. Many patients see this option as a balance between comfort, functionality, and value.

What Should I Expect After I Get Dentures?

If you have lost your teeth recently or have removed, you may notice the denture is ill-fitting. This is due to bone loss and tissue shrinkage. This is normal, so don’t be shocked if this happens. You can have your immediate dentures relined at this point. If we re-line them, this means that material is added under the denture base for greater comfort. Another option is to move to a classic full denture set. These usually last a long time and fit better. Dentures can provide a fully functional, aesthetic and cost-effective solution with proper care if you have missing teeth.

Types of Partial Dentures

Transitional partial dentures:
These relatively removable plastic dentures serve as a temporary replacement while waiting for your mouth to heal from tooth removal. Upon completion of the healing, your permanent solution can be implemented.

Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs):
Removable partial dentures are a permanent option for missing teeth. Many patients find oral functions are easier with these when compared to transitional partial dentures.

How Are Dentures Created and Fitted?

The first step is to create a precise mold of the top and bottom of the mouth. The base of the denture is made in a dental laboratory from this mold. The dentist and laboratory technician will choose from a variety of fabricated forms, teeth shades and sizes to recreate a natural smile that is customized to you. It is essential to balance your bite to maintain a typical speech and a proper eating surface. This means that the teeth on top and bottom are uniform and create a suitably stable feeling.

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