Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace some or all of your natural teeth. They are a durable and affordable treatment option, allowing you to restore your smile quickly.
A partial denture uses a structure of acrylic and metal to replace missing teeth while allowing you to retain healthy natural teeth in the same upper or lower arch. These dentures fill the gaps caused by missing teeth without requiring extractions of healthy teeth.
Full dentures replace all of your natural teeth. They are a great way to transform your smile, as the dentures can be crafted to align with your facial features and bone structure. Each full upper or lower arch can be removed in one piece, making it easy to clean the dentures and care for your gum tissue.
It’s possible to get a full set of dentures for one arch, while using a partial denture for the other arch. In many cases, preserving healthy natural teeth is the best possible approach.
Dentures are a good option for people who want a natural-looking smile at an affordable cost. While dentures will eventually wear down and need to be replaced, they are significantly less expensive than permanent options like dental implants.
And some people are simply not good candidates for dental implants. If you don’t have sufficient bone tissue to anchor a dental implant, dentures are a good alternative. Others have medical conditions or are undergoing treatments that make oral surgery a risky option.
While most people only think about the aesthetic issues of missing teeth, dentures can also restore your ability to eat a varied diet, which can have a positive impact on your overall health and wellness. They also allow you to speak normally, engaging with others without worry about how your smile looks or how well you speak.
Advancements in dental technology have made dentures far better than what was available even just a few years ago. Today’s dentures are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and they also fit so well that you can easily forget you’re wearing them.
If you encounter areas of gum discomfort, the dental team can make minor adjustments to relieve pain in denture “hot spots.” Most modern dentures don’t require the use of denture adhesives to achieve a secure fit.
Dentures are molded to fit snugly over the surface of your gums. To care for your dentures, simply remove them and brush them to eliminate all traces of food and bacteria, then soak them overnight.
If you’re curious about the latest advancements in denture technology, call the office to book an appointment to meet the Whitenhill Dental Corporation team. Online scheduling is also an option and takes just moments to complete.