When a large group of teeth, or a whole mouth, needs to be replaced at once, dentures are typically called for. Dentures supply a life-like replacement to teeth lost due to gum disease, decay, or even injury and can help the patient regain a normal life.
Many of us have memories of an older relative, or friend, with dentures. In the past, they have been obviously fake, uncomfortable and difficult to keep in place. In combination with dental implants, today’s dentures allow patients to bite and chew normally and make an excellent replacement.
Loss of teeth can make eating difficult, often leading to nutritional deficiencies. With properly crafted dentures, patients are able to bite and chew normally, allowing them to eat most foods without difficulty.
In addition to discomfort and health concerns, missing teeth change the appearance, often dramatically. Sagging facial muscles and jaw realignment can make you look much older. Dentures fill the space of your natural teeth, repositioning the jaw and supporting the facial muscles for an improved, natural appearance that restores patient confidence.
First, we determine which, if any of your natural teeth are strong and healthy and can be saved. These may be used as anchors, or dental implants may be put in place to hold your dentures. Any teeth that need to be removed are extracted and the dentures are custom fitted to your jaw line. We use a process that allows you to walk out with your dentures in place the day your remaining teeth are removed.
Over time, your jaw line will likely change some, due to the missing teeth. If this causes your denture to be ill fitting, or uncomfortable, changes can be made to realign the denture. It is important that you contact us in these cases as soon as possible so that corrections can be made. Waiting will make the problem worse and our job more difficult.