Patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, gum disease, or injury can suffer from related problems including further decay, difficulty eating and speaking, and drooping of facial muscles. Full and partial dentures replace the missing teeth, both aesthetically and functionally, providing support and restoring the smile.
Full (complete) dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between natural teeth. The gums, dentures, and any remaining natural teeth will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent staining, sores and plaque build-up. With proper care, your dentures should last for a very long time.
The type of denture you receive is based on several factors, including your oral health, number of remaining teeth, and personal preferences. You will also need to determine the attachment method that you want. Your dentist will help you select the most appropriate options for you.
What to Expect
Dentures are created in the process of several dental appointments. The initial process involves making impressions of your teeth, gums, and jaws to fabricate a model to use for creating your dentures. Your dentist will have you bite on a piece of wax to record your bite pattern. He or she will determine the color of your teeth and gums. Your new dentures will match these colors to create a natural-looking smile. When the initial process is completed, the mold, bite pattern, and color specifications are sent to a dental lab that will custom-make your dentures.
Usually the dental lab will make a trial set before fabricating the final set of dentures. This allows your dentist an opportunity to check how the dentures fit and function in your mouth. The final dentures are made at the dental lab and sent to your dentist’s office.
It may take you a while to get used to wearing your new dentures. You may need to practice eating and speaking. Let your dentist know if your dentures hurt, slip, or cause sores. Your dentist is happy to make denture adjustments quickly.
It is common for dentures to need adjustments over time because your jaw changes shape as you age. Some people may need to have more than one set of dentures made in their lifetime.
Dental Health Associates, P.A. has several offices located throughout New Jersey for custom denture services. Call a location near you for a dental appointment in New Jersey or request an appointment online now.