Dentures are removable devices that replace missing teeth. There are different styles from which to choose and an option to suit virtually every set of needs.
These dentures are a great option if you only need to replace some of the teeth in your upper or lower arch. As the name implies, partial dentures consist of a plastic base with multiple false teeth attached. You simply fit the device into your mouth, lining up the false teeth with the gaps in your smile.
Full dentures replace an entire upper or lower span of teeth. Today’s options feature a comfortable plastic base that is custom-crafted to fit precisely over your gums and palate. With the right fit, you won’t need adhesives to hold full dentures in place.
Your dentist can discuss which option is right for you during your consultation and explain what to expect as you move through the process.
If you have active gum disease or dental decay, those issues need to be treated and resolved prior to getting dentures. Your dentures are shaped to create a precise fit over your gums and existing teeth, so it’s important to take care of any dental care needs prior to moving forward.
You’ll begin with a thorough dental exam to determine the size and shape of your teeth and gums. X-rays may be needed, as well as impressions.
Your dentist will discuss the size, shape, and color of your new dentures, ensuring optimal alignment between upper and lower teeth. A wax model is created and placed in the mouth to check for fit.
All of these steps help the lab craft a customized set of dentures that will look and feel great. On your final visit, you’ll receive your dentures and let your dentist know if you notice any areas of discomfort that need a final adjustment.
Dentures are a great option for people who want to restore their smile at a more affordable cost. Though dentures are less expensive than dental implants, it’s important to understand that even the best set of dentures will eventually need to be replaced, so factoring that expense into the decision-making process is wise.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. If you lack sufficient bone tissue and grafting is not an option, dentures offer the chance to restore your smile without a surgical procedure.
Dentures are also easy to clean, as they can be fully removed from your mouth. You’ll be able to clean your gums thoroughly, removing virtually all traces of bacteria from your mouth.
To learn more about dentures and how they align with your long-term dental care planning, call the Time Square Dental Group office to set up a visit. Online booking is also available.