Nothing has such a negative impact on self-confidence as much as missing or damaged teeth. Thankfully, prosthetic dentistry makes it possible to restore your smile. When you have missing or damaged teeth, your facial muscles begin to sag, and your gums and bone begin to atrophy. Dentures can restore your smile and give you greater comfort speaking or enjoying the foods you love, while restoring your self-confidence in your appearance.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are custom-created prosthetic replacements for missing or damaged teeth. They can be removed for cleaning and then replaced. While dentures will never exactly like your original teeth, they can offer a lovely option for men and women who have lost teeth due to decay or facial trauma. Modern dentures are far more comfortable to wear than in the past, and can be a fast, easy solution for patients who have lost teeth.
It may take you a few weeks to become comfortable with how your new dentures feel. Your tongue and the muscles of your cheeks will soon adjust to your new dentures. You might find it is helpful for you to eat a diet of soft foods when you first receive your dentures to allow your body to familiar with the differences. This is all temporary – soon you will forget all about your dentures.
What are the Different Types of Dentures?
All of our dentures are custom-made using molds of your mouth, so they fit properly to the structure of your bones and gums. Depending on the condition of your teeth and certain lifestyle factors, there are different types of dentures from which you may choose.
- Traditional Full Dentures. With traditional full dentures, an acrylic base the same shade as your gums will fit snugly over your gums. The lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe, while the plate of the upper denture will cover your soft palate. Full dentures are put in place when all of your teeth have been removed and the remaining tissue has had a chance to heal. The healing process can take several months.
- Immediate Full Dentures. Immediate full dentures are put into place as soon as your teeth have been removed. This offers you the ability to have teeth in place as your mouth heals from tooth removal. However, as your mouth heals the remaining tissue will shrink and change. This means that your immediate full dentures will need to be reconfigured after a few months.
- Partial Dentures. Partial dentures are secured in your mouth using a metal frame. Sometimes a crown is placed over an adjacent tooth to help secure the dentures. Unlike a crown, partial dentures, unless secured by a crown, can be removed for cleaning.
What Kind of Dentures Should I Have?
There are many factors that determine which type of dentures you should have. At Hardin Advanced Dentistry, we will work with you personally to choose the most appropriate type of dentures.
Why Should I Choose Hardin Advanced Dentistry for my Dentures?
When seeking a dentist in Cincinnati to create your dentures, it can be difficult to know how to select the most qualified individual. Dr. Tara Hardin has received accreditation from the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, with a credentialed specialist in the field of restorative dentistry. Your smile is important. Trust it to Dr. Hardin – who is committed to helping you look and feel your best.