Our team at Berger Family Dental is sensitive to the effects tooth loss can have on our patients such as decreased confidence and impaired speaking or chewing. We believe in tailoring treatment to meet the needs of our patients and for many dentures are still an option.
What is a denture?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues and can be made in complete or partial forms. Complete, or full dentures replace all the teeth in the mouth, while a partial denture fills in spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. You can have a complete denture on your upper or lower jaw or both. Partial dentures are often a solution when several teeth are missing.
Who is a good candidate for dentures?
Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves your ability to chew and talk and provides support for facial muscles. They can enhance the facial appearance and smile.
An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture.
What is the process for dentures?
The denture process takes about one month and five appointments. Following are the steps:
- The treatment plan is determined
- An impression and a wax bite are made
- A temporary “try-in” is placed to assure proper color, shape, and fit
Lastly, the patient’s final denture is placed, following any minor adjustments
Denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with your dentist immediately.
For further information about dentures, call us!