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Everything You Need to Know About Dentures

Everything You Need to Know About Dentures

Posted by Kennedy Heights on Aug 31 2021, 07:30 PM

Healthy teeth allow us to eat, speak, and have a great smile. As they affect facial structure, they can have a big impact on our overall appearance. A beautiful smile dramatically boosts confidence and makes us feel comfortable in our skin.

Missing teeth can be frustrating. Thankfully, most dental clinics now offer convenient options like bridges, implants or dentures. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know when considering dentures.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are artificial teeth shaped by your dentist and attached to gum-shaped plastic material. They are held in place by the gum tissues and jawbone. Dentures can be removed whenever needed.

Your dentist will create a denture according to your individual needs. You can opt for a full denture if you are missing all your teeth or a partial denture to replace just a few. 

Partial dentures can sometimes come with a metal framework to ensure they stay in place, but they can still be removed.

How Do You Know When You Need Them?

Dentures can replace all of your teeth or just a few missing ones. There are various ways teeth may be lost, such as injury, aging, medical conditions, and use of certain medications. 

Missing teeth affect mouth structure and the support system around your cheeks, lips, and tongue. Dentures are a great solution to restore your smile.

If tooth loss is causing you to experience problems chewing or affecting your confidence around other people, it may be time to visit your local dental clinic. A consultation with an experienced dentist can help you decide if a denture is a good option for you. 

Your dentist will evaluate the health of your gums and decide if you will benefit from dentures. If they’re right for you, your dentist will explain your options and help you decide what type of denture is best for your specific situation. 

How Does the Process Work?

After determining which denture is appropriate, creating your denture may require a few weeks and multiple appointments. Your dentist will take several impressions of your jaw and measure your bite. They will then use wax or plastic to create models in the shape and position of the denture.

You will need to test these models during an appointment to assess the fit, color, and shape to ensure both you and your dentist are satisfied with the results. Finally, your dentist will create your denture.

Your new dentures may feel strange for the first few weeks as you adjust and learn to eat and speak with something new in your mouth. In the beginning, you may also experience some irritation, soreness, or increased saliva production, but these effects will gradually decline as you adjust to your beautiful new teeth.

Taking care of your new dentures is easy. They need to be cleaned every day to avoid the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar – just like natural teeth. Your dentist will explain proper denture care to ensure that they last as long as possible. Proper care will also help avoid harm to your gums and existing teeth.

Book an Appointment Today!

Are you experiencing issues relating to tooth loss? Dentures may be right for you. Missing teeth can have a major impact on your everyday activities and self-esteem. At Kennedy Heights Dental, we can help you find the best solution for your dental needs.

Start your journey to a better smile and book a consultation appointment with us today. You can reach us at 778-438-2084 or book online.

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