Considered a traditional treatment, dentures are a removable appliance made to resemble natural teeth. They are designed to help restore the smile quickly and cost-effectively.
Depending on the state of your smile and your needs there are two different types of dentures that may be used, complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when there are no teeth left in the mouth while partial dentures are used to replace some missing teeth. Partial dentures are also an option to help prevent the shifting of existing teeth by filling the empty gaps in the smile.
There are a couple of options when it comes to choosing your complete denture. Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. During this healing period, which is generally around 6 weeks, you will have to live without teeth, giving your gums a chance to recover.
If you prefer not to live without teeth, an immediate denture can be made in advance and placed right after the teeth have been removed. You’ll be able to leave the office with a completely restored smile. However, to make sure the dentures fit properly after your gums have healed, Dr. Spadafora will schedule an appointment to adjust your prosthetic for the best possible fit.
Although dentures are extremely durable and may last several years, normal wear over time may require your denture to be readjusted, repaired, or replaced.
Why Should You Get Dentures?
Although there are other more permanent solutions for replacing missing teeth, dentures are one of the most cost effective and minimally invasive options. Other reasons for dentures include:
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues
- Loss of several teeth: Partial Denture
- Loss of all teeth in an arch
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
What Is The Process Like?
The process of constructing and fitting dentures takes several weeks . Over a series of appointments Dr. Spadafora will help create your custom denture, so it fits just right. During these appointments, proper measurements and accurate impressions (molds) will be taken in order to ensure the most comfortable and natural appearance possible. Dr. Spadafora will also have you try on the dentures to make sure they are the right shape, color, and fit.
After the perfect fit has been achieved and your treatment is finished, it might take some time to adjust to using the dentures. Some side effects you might experience include:
- Increased saliva flow
- Possible speech and chewing difficulty
However, once your tissues and muscles become accustomed to the denture, these symptoms will subside. Dr. Spadafora will also provide instructions on how to properly care for your dentures in order to ensure the success of the appliance.
Need a Denture? Visit Dr. Spadafora Today
If you are ready to restore your smile and say goodbye to those gaps in your teeth, contact our Hermitage office today. Dr. Spadafora will help you decide on a course of treatment that will help improve the appearance of your smile while protecting your oral health as well. Call us today to schedule a consultation!