Artificial Teeth and Gums
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a set of artificial teeth and gums used to restore a person’s smile and replace missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made to fit snugly in your mouth because we take a mold or digital impressions of your mouth which serve as the basis for the fabrication of your dentures.
Unlike dental implants, which require a sufficient amount of bone density to be eligible and often require patients to undergo bone grafting, dentures are much more accessible and less costly. Dentures are a better option for patients who are missing a few or most of their teeth, as they help to restore the function, structure, and appearance of their teeth.
What To expect
Denture Placement Process
Consultation - The dentures process begins with a consultation at Dodds Dental. Here, we will examine your teeth and take x-rays to ensure you’re in good oral health. We’ll assess any damaged teeth or tooth loss to determine if dentures are the right choice for you.
Extractions & Impressions - If you need full dentures, we will have to extract the rest of your teeth. This is because full dentures replace an entire arch or both arches of teeth. After extractions, we will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a dental lab to create your dentures.
We do not need to extract any teeth for partial dentures, but we will take impressions of your teeth. After extracting the teeth for full dentures, we will place an immediate temporary denture until your gums heal in 8-12 weeks.
Jaw Record - Next, we will take measurements and record additional information about your bite and how your teeth fit together. This is most important to full dentures but may also be necessary for partials. This information is sent to the dental lab along with your impressions.
Try-In - A try-in is a trial fitting to test how your dentures fit and take note of any adjustments that need to be made. For partials, a set of teeth is connected through a metal wire framework and clips onto your teeth with metal clasps.
Official Fitting- After making as many adjustments as is necessary, we will have an official denture fitting with the completed denture.
Full & Partial
Types of Dentures We Provide
Full Dentures - This is a type of denture used to replace all of the teeth in one or both arches of teeth. This is only recommended for people who are already suffering from severe tooth loss and are struggling to speak or eat.
These dentures will restore your smile and make daily life functions much easier. Over time, you may need to have your dentures adjusted due to bone loss and changes to your facial structure and bite.
Partial Dentures - Partials are removable versions of dental bridges that are more versatile because they can replace teeth that are on either side of the mouth with a single denture. The removability makes these tooth restorations easy to clean. They’re ideal for replacing a few missing teeth when patients still have a considerable number of healthy teeth. Partials help fill in gaps in the smile and help with mastication.
Am I A Good Candidate
The good news is that most people who are in good oral health are great candidates for dentures. They are a great option for patients who are not eligible for other tooth restorations like dental implants or bridges.
You should not have any active oral health problems such as tooth decay or gum disease. With dentures, we can restore the function and appearance of your smile while boosting your confidence!
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Schedule Your Consultation
Have missing teeth that are impacting your ability to function or impeding your confidence? Dentures might be right for you! Contact us at Dodds Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Emily or Dustin Dodds.