Over 40 million Americans are completely edentulous or without teeth. At Phillips Prosthodontics, we offer you a chance to restore your pearly whites with the help of complete dentures.
What are Complete Dentures?
Complete dentures are prosthetic devices that are worn if you have lost all your teeth. Dentures are equipped with a pink acrylic-based material to which a whole arch of acrylic teeth are either bonded, printed, or milled. The upper denture can be retained with the help of the palate, while the lower denture is shaped in the form of a horseshoe to accomodate the tongue.
There are two types of complete dentures: Interim and Definitive dentures:
Interim dentures can be placed on the same day as removal of your teeth so that you do not have to be without teeth for a long time. Interim dentures are pre-fabricated before your remaining unhealthy teeth have not been extracted. Because of this, they will need to be adjusted and modified throughout the healing process.
However, they serve a very important function of providing teeth on an Interim basis. Additionally, Interim dentures can help manage the swelling and curb the bleeding that occurs after teeth extraction. Interim dentures also offer you the benefit of learning to speak and eat with dentures in your mouth in preparation for your long-term Defintive dentures. However, they are only meant as a temporary measure and will become loose and ill-fitting once your gums have healed.
Defintive dentures are custom-fit to provide the most comfort and functionality to your mouth. These dentures are created after the gums have healed following extraction. This process can take anywhere from three to six months. Dr. Phillips or Dr. Ayers will then take an impression of your mouth and work with you to create a custom fit and appearance. These dentures are more comfortable than interim dentures and last longer as well.
These dentures are more comfortable than Interim dentures and last longer as well.
Why You Should Wear Dentures
Although dentures will never feel exactly like your natural teeth, today, dentures offer a lot of benefits:
- Complete dentures can give you a whole and bright smile, which can do wonders for your self-confidence.
- With complete dentures, you can now eat most of your favorite foods. However, you need to be careful with hard, tough, and sticky food.
- Complete dentures are also one of the most affordable tooth restoration options.
- Dentures also do not involve invasive or surgical procedures.
What to Expect After Getting Complete Dentures
Here are some of the things you can expect after getting dentures:
- Your new dentures will feel different for a while. It takes time and practice to get used to them, but you will accomodate to them fairly quickly.
- If you notice a change in the way you speak, practice will help yuor speech improve.
- You will need to practice seating and removing your dentures.
- In the first few weeks, you may experience some soreness. We will schedule adjustment appointments to help you become more comfrotable.
- You will be able to eat a wide range of food, but try to avoid eating hard or sticky food as it may cause the denture to crack or dislodge.
Just like your natural teeth, you r dentures will require cleaning. You should clean your dentures with a denture brush (specifically made to use on dentures) every night before going to bed to prevent odor and stains. In additon, clean your tongue and gums with a soft brush to reduce bacteria and odor.
If you have lost your teeth and are looking for a conservative solution, we recommend complete dentures. If you are interested other options for tooth replacement, ask us about implant supported denture options. Schedule an appointment with us by calling us at 336-274-5400 today.