What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They can be used in the form of partials or complete. A partial denture is used when there are enough strong, remaining teeth and can act as an alternative to dental bridges. A partial denture sits on a metal framework that attaches to your remaining teeth. If all teeth are missing, a complete denture will be required.
Why do I need Dentures?
If you are a candidate for dentures, you can receive partial or complete dentures for:
- Restoring the loss of several teeth
- Restoring a complete loss of teeth
- Improved biting, chewing, and speaking
- Enhanced smile for a boost in confidence
Dentures are a removable option if you do not want more permanent implants or bridges.
What to Expect During Treatment
Several appointments will be required to complete the denture process. If you are receiving a complete denture, any remaining teeth will need to be removed and your mouth will need time to heal before the process can continue. During your next appointment, impressions and measurements will be taken of your mouth and jaw to help create an accurate fit. For a partial denture, teeth might be prepared for crowns to act as anchors for the denture at this time. Further appointments might be necessary for you to try in the dentures so Dr. Khan can make adjustments to the size, color, and fit until you are both satisfied. Future adjustments might be necessary as your mouth changes over time.
After receiving dentures, you might experience an increase in saliva, soreness, and difficulty chewing and speaking. These symptoms will subside as your muscles get used to the new dentures. If discomfort persists, you might need to go back and see Dr. Khan for more adjustments.
Dr. Khan will also provide you with instructions on how to properly clean and care for your dentures. Proper cleaning and regular checkups can assistance in long-lasting dentures. Even with dentures, you should practice good oral hygiene by brushing the gums, tongue, and roof of mouth with a soft brush before inserting your dentures. When you are not wearing your dentures, they should be submerged in water or a solution to prevent warping and drying out.
To find out if partial or complete dentures are the best option for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Khan.