Dentures

Composed of mostly acrylic types of resin and various metals, complete denture devices are designed to replace every tooth in the mouth.

Dentures

Dentures are removable missing tooth and tissue replacement devices. Composed of mostly acrylic types of resin and various metals, complete denture devices are designed to replace every tooth in the mouth.

Dentures are specified as being either “immediate” or “conventional”. Those that are classified as “immediate” are designed to be placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are completely removed.

Those that are classified as “conventional” are those that are placed within the mouth approximately one to two months after teeth are removed and healing has taken place.

The Denture Placement Process

If a dental professional is placing conventional dentures in the mouth, the procedure will take place approximately four to eight weeks following the removal of the teeth. This permits the extraction sites an appropriate time to heal.

In the first appointment, an impression as well as a wax-created bite are created from the dimensions of the mouth, as well as the position of the jaw. The professional will work to create dentures that are similar in color to the original teeth, are similar in shape, and fit appropriately.

To conclude the process of denture placement, several minor-based adjustments may be necessary. While dentures will likely feel quite awkward initially, this feeling typically subsides totally within a few weeks.

Patients will likely find that the dentures result in a slight change in their appearance, the way that they speak, and the production and flow of saliva.

Regular Checkups a Must

In order to ensure optimal oral health, regular dental checkups are a must. These appointments will review the dentures to ensure the best fit, and will be effective at determining if disease and/or oral cancer is developing in the soft tissues of the mouth.

As a patient ages, the bone situated directly underneath the dentures may start to shrink or even recede. Adjustments and maintenance will be necessary to ensure that the dental device corresponds with these changes.

Dentures May Be Your Best Option

Many individuals opt for dental implants in place of dentures; however, the placement of implants and the expense of implants often make dentures the ideal option for those that want the look and feel of natural teeth. If you are interested in dentures, consult us here at American Dental in LaGrange for more information.

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