Dentistry has come up with new and technologically advanced treatment methods to help patients who have oral concerns. One such prominent issue is tooth loss. Getting your natural teeth extracted can lead to many complications with oral functionality and the aesthetics of the smile. This is why dentists give a lot of significance to replacing missing teeth with prosthetic restorations.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth used to replace the extracted natural ones. Though there are more popular and sought-after alternative tooth restorations, such as dental bridges and implants, dentures are preferred when the number of teeth to be replaced is more. They restore the ability to bite and chew food and improve the aesthetics of your smile and the face as a whole.
Types of Dentures
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are widely used to replace only a certain set of missing teeth. They are held intact by a metal framework, as they consist of individual ceramic teeth that replace only the specific missing ones. They are excellent alternatives to dental bridges.
- Complete Dentures: As the name suggests, complete or conventional dentures are used to replace all the teeth in the mouth. If you have a few teeth left, you can get them extracted before the treatment procedure commences. The dentures will enable you to bite and chew food like normal and make your face look fuller.
- Implant Dentures: Implant dentures, much like dental implant crowns, are held in place by metal implant studs. Implants will be inserted into the jawbone, and the bone tissues fuse with them during the healing period, after which the dentures will be mounted on them. They offer better stability and keep them from getting displaced while talking.
Why choose dentures?
- Dentures are removable prosthetics. You can take them off easily whenever you need to, such as while cleaning your mouth or going to bed. This feature allows you to clean the dentures regularly.
- Dentures perfectly replicate the appearance of natural teeth and gums. The dental-grade ceramic used to make the teeth can be personalized to match the teeth' color and texture. Also, the acrylic used to mimic the gums is life-like. Together, they offer you a perfect tooth-replacement solution.
- Dentures are fabricated either in a partial or complete form. It allows the dentist to replace some or all your teeth based on the requirement.
- Dentures restore your ability to bite and chew food as usual. Also, their phonetics will return to normal.
- Your face would look fuller when dentures are placed in the mouth. Some patients say getting dentures makes them look a few years younger.
The dentist will require x-rays and digital scans of your mouth as a means of initial screening. It allows us to check for jawbone deterioration, gum infections, spacing for the fabrication of dentures, etc. We will send the data to a dental laboratory, where the dentures will be custom-fabricated from ceramic, acrylic, and metal.
During the following appointment, the dentures will be placed in the mouth and checked for a perfect fit. In case any modifications are required, we will make them. The dentist would then give instructions to care for the dentures. With proper usage, the prosthetics would last for many years without hassle.
To have a consultation with Dr. Lewis, please call our office at (702) 649-6859 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.