Dentures are a proven way to restore your smile—and your quality of life! These tried and true restorative devices can help to improve your chewing mechanisms, facial structure, and even your speech. You will love your new dentures!
There are a number of reasons why our patients might need dentures. While you may have lost some or all of your teeth as a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, replacing them with dentures can greatly improve your oral health. At Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics of Mt. Olive, we offer both complete and partial denture appliances to remedy your teeth and improve your smile.
If you are planning to get dentures, here is what you can expect during the process:
First, we will need to take a series of x-rays to examine your gums and jawbone. This will allow us to ensure that your gum tissue will be able to successfully hold your new dentures. If you have excess gum tissue or need teeth extracted, this may require a separate minor oral surgery. Then, when your mouth is ready for the device, we will take an impression of the mouth and gums.
Manufacturing your Dentures
We will use the impressions of your mouth to create dentures that fit your mouth beautifully. Depending on your individual needs, you may receive one of the following types of dentures:
- Complete Dentures – If you need to replace a full set of teeth, this is the device for you. The base of complete dentures are made with a flesh-colored acrylic that will sit firmly on your gums. Creating your dentures may take around 3-6 months after your teeth have been extracted, but we will provide you with temporary dentures that are immediately ready for use.
- Partial Dentures – These devices are only used when you need to replace a few teeth as opposed to the whole set. This removable denture holds prosthetic teeth that will secure on the surrounding teeth and gums. The base is still made of acrylic, but uses a metal framework to attach to your natural teeth.
Acclimating to Dentures
As you get accustomed to your new device, we may need to make a few tweaks here and there to improve their fit and comfort. We suggest that you allow yourself a few weeks to get used to the dentures. They may feel a bit loose as your tongue and cheeks grow familiar with them. You might also experience minor soreness, irritation, and increased saliva production. If these symptoms do not go away after a few weeks, be sure to call our office for a check-up to have them adjusted.
Are you ready to receive your dentures and transform your smile? Contact Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics of Mt. Olive to set up your appointment today!