Did a dentist recommend that you get dentures? Are you curious about what to expect? The thought of replacement teeth can be scary but not to worry. Denture technology has made the prospect easier than ever in today’s modern dentistry world.
What Are Dentures?
Simply put, dentures are a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth in your mouth. Made from acrylic resins with, at times a combination of certain metals, the apparatus replaces gaps in your mouth where teeth used to be. Complete dentures will replace all of your teeth in your mouth and a partial as it is called will only replace a few teeth and prevent other teeth near the gap from shifting out of place. Complete dentures have two classifications:
- Conventional dentures – These types of dentures are worn in the mouth about a month after teeth are removed. Reason being is that the mouth needs time to heal after tooth removal.
- Immediate dentures – This type is used immediately after tooth removal. Immediate dentures might require more visits to our Greeley dentist as regular checks and adjustments will be required.
Why Do I Need Dentures?
Dentures are needed at times when some or all teeth are missing. The purpose of dentures will improve speaking and most importantly eating. It also provides support and integrity for your oral cavity which helps with jaw fatigue and speech.
It may take some time to get used to the feel of dentures much like when you first lose a tooth. The gap is noticeable for the first few days but begins to feel natural after awhile.
What Are The Alternatives To Dentures?
Modern dentistry allows for options when it comes to missing teeth. If you feel like dentures may not be a good fit, there are options. Dental implants can also be an option that can support a healthy mouth. These implants can allow for the support of dental bridges that also fill in missing teeth. Cost is higher for these types of bridges for teeth, but the in-mouth feel tends to be closer to a natural fit.
For more information about dental implants or dentures, give our dentist office a call. We would be happy to discuss all of your options for your dental care.