Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. As a premier Midwest City dentist, Precision Dental offers this advanced service.
While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial.
Full dentures are created to replace the teeth in the mouth when all of your teeth are missing. They include an acrylic base to mimic gum tissue, and the teeth are made out of acrylic or porcelain. The denture base is made to carefully fit the shapes of the arch to make sure the denture is stable throughout typical functions such as eating, speaking, or drinking.
Partial dentures are utilized when there are still teeth present in the mouth. They can be made with a metal framework that connects teeth in the areas where the teeth are missing. The metal framework also has clasps or arms that fit around the existing teeth. The mix of the structure and the arms is what keeps the partial denture stable during normal functions.
Full and partial dentures can offer clients with a practical replacement when teeth have been lost. They also support a natural-looking smile and facial structure, preventing the sunken lower facial features that can result from loss of teeth and gum tissue.
We will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your tooth need to be replaced, and the cost involved.
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.
New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months after being placed. Eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon, while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual. If you experience irritation, you need to see your dentist.
Developing your customized set of dentures may include a number of consultations over a duration of several weeks. Your Midwest City dental practitioner will take accurate molds and measurements and, after the dentures are produced, extra fittings and adjustments might be needed to ensure a proper fit, function, and look. We will also provide guidance for optimum care and cleaning.
For further information on dentures and how they can help you, contact Precision Dental Center today!