Dentures have come a long way over the years, offering an affordable and effective way to restore your smile and improve your quality of life. Dentures are a valuable solution for individuals who have lost their natural teeth. They come in various types and can be customized to fit each person's unique needs.
Types of Dentures
When it comes to dentures, there are several types available to meet individual needs.
- One common type is complete dentures, which replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. These can be conventional or immediate dentures, with conventional being made after the gums have healed and being placed immediately after tooth extraction.
- Partial dentures are another option for those who still have some natural teeth remaining. These consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal framework that clasps onto existing teeth for support.
- There are also implant-supported dentures, which provide a more secure and stable fit by attaching to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone.
- Flexible partial dentures offer a comfortable alternative as they do not require any metal clasps and can blend seamlessly with your natural gum line.
The Process of Getting Dentures
When it comes to getting dentures, the process can vary depending on your specific needs and dental health. It typically involves several steps, starting with an initial consultation with a dentist who specializes in creating dentures.
During this consultation, our dentist will examine your mouth and discuss your options. They may take x-rays or impressions of your teeth and gums to create a mold for the dentures. This ensures that they fit properly and are comfortable to wear. Once the mold is created, it is sent to a dental laboratory where skilled technicians will craft your custom dentures. This can take some time as each set of dentures is unique to the individual's mouth shape and size.
Once the dentures are ready, you'll have another appointment with our dentist for fitting. They will make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the dentures fit securely in place without causing discomfort or irritation. After you receive your new dentures, there may be an adjustment period as you get used to wearing them. The dentist will provide guidance on how to care for them properly and what foods to avoid initially until you become more comfortable chewing with them.
Remember that regular check-ups with our dentist are important even after receiving dentures. Over time, changes in bone structure or wear on the prosthetic teeth may require adjustments or replacements.
Benefits of Dentures
Here are some key advantages of wearing dentures:
- Improved Appearance: Dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth and restore the shape and structure of your face. They can fill out your cheeks and lips, giving you a more youthful appearance.
- Enhanced Chewing Ability: Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew certain foods properly. With dentures, you can enjoy a wider variety of foods without discomfort or difficulty in chewing.
- Speech Improvement: Missing teeth can affect speech clarity, causing slurred or mumbled speech. Dentures help restore proper pronunciation and enunciation, enabling clearer communication.
- Boost in Self-Confidence: Having a complete smile with well-fitted dentures can significantly boost self-esteem and overall confidence levels.
- Support for Facial Muscles: When natural teeth are lost, facial muscles may sag or droop over time due to lack of support from tooth roots. Dentures provide necessary support to maintain facial muscle tone and prevent premature aging.
- Improved Digestion: Properly chewing food aids digestion by breaking down food particles into smaller pieces that are easier to digest by the stomach and intestines.
- Convenience & Versatility: Modern denture technology has made significant advancements in recent years, making them more comfortable than ever before.
To learn more about our dentures, visit our dentist, Dr. Little, at 4455 Sw Scholls Ferry Rd Suite 101, Portland, Oregon, 97225. You can also reach Dentist Portland, OR, at (503) 291-0000 or (503) 292-6677 to schedule an appointment.