<b>What are Dentures?</b>
Dentures are used to replace either many or all of your teeth. In the case of patients with severe periodontal disease, loose and decayed teeth may need to be removed before a full denture is placed. If you still have a lot of your natural teeth, you may benefit from a partial denture that only replaces what is missing. Most dentures can last for up to seven years before needing to be replaced.
<b>Why are Dentures needed?</b>
Dentures are needed to both cosmetically enhance a patient’s smile while simultaneously helping to restore overall oral functioning. They can help you to chew and eat easier, allowing you to go back to enjoying your favorite foods. They can be helpful in filling in gaps and spaces in your smile while filling out sunken-in cheeks. Dentures are custom made for each individual patient, so they always look natural and fit well.
<b>Who’s a good candidate for Dentures?</b>
Patients who have severely advanced periodontal (gum) disease can often benefit from dentures. The existing decayed or loose teeth are removed and a new denture put into place. Alternatively, patients who are missing a lot of their natural teeth but still have many healthy, solid teeth in their mouth can benefit from a partial denture. Both types of dentures are long-lasting, durable and made to look highly realistic.
<b>What happens during the Denture procedure?</b>
We begin by extracting any existing teeth that are loose, decayed or otherwise problematic to your oral health. We then take impressions of your mouth and gums to create a new denture. The denture is custom made just for you so that it fits perfectly and looks natural. You’ll come into the office to be fitted for the new denture. Most new dentures will need several adjustments before they fit perfectly and comfortably. You may need a new denture made when an older one has broken or has shown signs of wear. Patients needing a replacement denture will find that the procedure is the same, except for needing extractions done.
If you think you might need a denture or want to replace an existing one, call our office today and we will be happy to further assist you.