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Dentures are artificial teeth that replace natural teeth that are missing or diseased. Your teeth help to stabilize your jaw, they facilitate speech, and they aid in the digestive process.
Why Do I Need Dentures?
Missing or diseased teeth can adversely affect your appearance, your speech, and your overall health. If you’re missing many or all of your teeth, dentures might be the answer for you. Fortunately, dentures can last for decades if they receive proper maintenance. If you think you might be ready for a new smile, contact our office today to learn more about dentures.
What Are My Choices for Dentures?
Technology has greatly improved the choices available for dentures, so whether you need a one-tooth denture or a full set of implants, there’s a denture to fit your needs. Your dentist will work with you to determine the best type of dental appliance for your needs.
Do I Need a Full Set of Dentures?
If many or all of your teeth are missing, your dentist may recommend a full denture, which replaces all of the existing teeth in your jaw. In order to receive a full denture, your dentist will first make impressions of your teeth and gums and then take measurements, so that your new denture will accurately replicate your natural bite. Next, any existing teeth will be extracted and you’ll be given a temporary denture to wear until your permanent appliance is ready. When your permanent denture is ready and your gums are completely healed, it will be anchored in place and adjusted so that you’re comfortable and your dentures work well.
A removable full denture will be seated comfortably on your gums and you’ll need to remove and clean it each night. A fixed full denture will be permanently affixed to implants.
Why Would I Need A Partial Set?
If you have most of your teeth and they’re healthy, a partial denture might work well for you. A partial is similar to a bridge, but a bridge is a permanent installation whereas a partial is removable and will need to be cleaned nightly.
What’s a Flexible Partial Denture?
Traditional partials are constructed of a rigid acrylic material. Some denture wearers find the flexible partial denture to be more comfortable because it’s made of a lightweight, pliable material that bends when your mouth moves. Both the denture and its clasps are made of the same pliable material and it’s the color of your gums, so it blends more readily with your natural teeth.
What’s an Implant-Supported Denture?
This type of denture is anchored in the mouth by dental implants and is usually only for the lower jaw. An implant-supported denture needs to be removed and cleaned nightly.
Are There Advantages to All-on-Four Dentures?
All-on-Four dental implants are a full set of artificial teeth that are affixed to just four dental implants that have been installed in the bottom jaw. This is a permanent installation and provides more biting power than other types of dentures.
What’s the Procedure for Getting Dentures at Your Dental Practice?
Each denture procedure will be unique to the individual, but the general steps involved are as follows. You and your dentist will discuss your needs and preferences and decide on a denture. Your dentist will make impressions and take measurements of your mouth as your new dental appliance will be custom-made for your mouth. Next, any necessary extractions will be made and implants secured if applicable, then you be given a temporary denture to wear until your gums have completely healed. At that time, your permanent denture(s) will be installed and adjusted for function and wearability.
What Will Dentures Cost Me?
Costs for dentures vary depending on the style chosen, the material used to make the appliance, and the amount of prep work that needs to be done. Your dentist will work with you to ensure that you receive affordable quality dentures. Contact us today for more information on the cost for dentures. We can also answer any additional questions you may have about getting dentures in Farmington Valley.
What Is A Soft Reline?
Traditional dentures are lined with a hard acrylic substance. A soft denture reline adds a pliable material that lasts about two years. Some wearers find this to be a comfortable solution to the problem of painful sore spots that they experience.
If you’re ready to get new dentures in Farmington Valley, call us to schedule an appointment and get your affordable quality dentures. You’ll be healthier and you’ll get your beautiful smile back.