Due to dental diseases, malnutrition or poor health, many adults are completely edentulous – meaning that all of the upper and lower teeth are missing. There are also many adults with few healthy remaining teeth. For these patients, dentures and partials can provide a second opportunity for an attractive and functional smile.
Replacing the natural teeth with removable dentures or partials will help to improve your chewing ability, your speech, your self-confidence, your desired tooth color, and even the shape of your face.
What Kind of Denture is Right for You?
When all of your teeth are missing, complete dentures can replace them. This is the type of dentures that you typically see in cartoons and movies.
Technology has improved in recent years, making them more comfortable and natural looking than ever. Dr. Akhavan can determine if this is the best way to replace your teeth or if an alternative solution would help you to achieve your goals.
If you proceed with getting a complete set of dentures, your gums will be healed and ready in eight to 12 weeks after your teeth have been removed.
When teeth are removed the bones and gums will start to shrink. By waiting for up to 12 weeks, you can be sure that your set of complete dentures will fit securely.
Many patients prefer not to wait and get immediate dentures. This solution does not require a waiting period, but there will be adjustments later on after the gums and bone have settled into their permanent size.
If only a few of your teeth are missing, partial dentures are a good solution for replacing them.
Unlike a full set of dentures, these are held in place by a plastic base that is the same color as your gums. A metal framework is typically created in order to secure the base and prevent it from falling out.
As long as you have natural teeth in place, you cannot wear a full set, so a partial set of dentures is necessary.
We treat patients throughout the area that want to know if a partial set is better than a cosmetic procedure. They function differently because dentures are removable and cosmetic dentistry solutions are typically permanent.
Call for your consultation and our dentist can provide you with a list of options to consider.
Dental Care for your False Teeth
False teeth can vastly improve the quality of your life, but the responsibility of maintaining your oral health doesn’t end when you take your teeth out at night. All teeth require routine dental care – even false teeth. You should see us regularly to have your removable teeth evaluated and adjusted. To assure that your artificial teeth are natural-looking and functioning properly, you will receive guidance and home care instructions from our dental team.
To learn more about your options for dentures and partials, please contact us today.