Replacing missing teeth will help you maintain a healthy smile. Possibly, you are aware of the dental and overall health problems that can occur because of missing teeth. Fortunately, there are options such as dentures to restore the aesthetics and overall function of your smile. Dentures also are known as fake teeth, may be required if you are missing several teeth or if multiple teeth are extracted.
Types of Dentures
The most traditional types of dentures have been around for hundreds of years.
- Complete removable dentures cover the patient’s entire jaw.
- Partial dentures, with their metal framework, replace multiple missing teeth.
Thankfully, advancements in dental technology provide patients with several options to replace missing teeth. Modern dentures are made of pink gum-colored acrylic and plastic resin, with multiple teeth options. Other types of restorations include fixed dentures and implant supported dentures.Your tooth replacement options may depend on the how many teeth your missing, the condition of your existing natural teeth, the strength of your bone structure. Most importantly, your dentist will provide you with the best option for your overall health.
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Natural Replacement for Missing Teeth
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Removable dentures are an excellent treatment option for patients requiring replacement of all teeth in the upper and/or lower arch of the mouth. They provide improved esthetics by replacing the missing teeth in the mouth and improved overall function for eating and speech. It will typically take multiple appointments for your dentist to design and fit a set of removable dentures for you.
Removable dentures are a prosthesis placed in the mouth containing replacement teeth. Typically, the prosthesis is mounted in a base made of a pink gum colored resin formed to an exact fit over your existing gums. They are designed to be removable without the assistance of a dental professional.
Your doctor will take several impressions of your gums to begin the process of creating the dentures.
These impressions are then sent to a laboratory, where an expert technician builds a model of your mouth. The lab then works closely with your doctor to design your prosthesis using the model as a base.
As each phase of the design is completed, your doctor will meet with you to check for proper fit and bite alignment. It usually requires multiple incremental “try-in” fittings to ensure the best final result for you.
Finally, after a brief period of adjusting to the feel of the dentures in your mouth, they will begin to feel natural to you – making eating easier and your speech clearer. Once your dentures are finished and you have fully adjusted to them, you will have a removable restoration specially designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth that improves the overall function of your mouth.
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