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What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They come in various types, including full dentures (for complete tooth loss) and partial dentures (for multiple missing teeth while some natural teeth remain). Dentures are custom-made to provide a comfortable and natural-looking solution for tooth loss.
How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures restore both the appearance and function of your teeth. Here's how:
- Aesthetics: Dentures are crafted to look like natural teeth, ensuring you maintain a natural-looking smile.
- Chewing and Speaking: Dentures allow you to chew food effectively and speak clearly, which can be challenging with missing teeth.
- Support for Facial Muscles: Dentures support facial muscles, preventing sagging and maintaining your facial structure.
- Improved Confidence: With a fully functional set of teeth, you can smile, eat, and speak confidently.
How Are Dentures Made?
The process of making dentures is a highly precise and customized procedure. It involves several steps:
Consultation and Evaluation
Impressions and Measurements
Fitting and Adjustments
Education and Care Instructions
What Is Denture Stabilization?
Denture stabilization, also known as implant-supported dentures or overdentures, is an innovative technique that combines the benefits of dental implants with traditional dentures. It involves using dental implants to anchor and stabilize your dentures, providing you with a secure and comfortable fit.
How Does Denture Stabilization Work?
Denture stabilization offers several advantages:
- Enhanced Stability: Dental implants act as sturdy anchors, preventing dentures from slipping or shifting while you eat, speak, or laugh.
- Improved Chewing Efficiency: With denture stabilization, you can enjoy a wider range of foods, including those that are hard or crunchy, with confidence.
- Increased Comfort: No more irritation or discomfort caused by loose dentures. Stabilized dentures stay firmly in place, reducing friction against your gums.
- Preserved Bone Health: Dental implants stimulate the underlying jawbone, helping to prevent bone loss and maintain your facial structure.
- Longevity: Denture stabilization can extend the lifespan of your dentures, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
The Many Benefits of Today's Dentures
Modern dentures offer numerous advantages that make them a popular choice for restoring smiles:
Durability and Longevity
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are dentures made of?
Dentures are typically made from various materials, including acrylic, resin and porcelain. The denture base is usually acrylic, while the artificial teeth can be made from porcelain or plastic resin. These materials are chosen for their durability, comfort, and natural appearance.
How long do dentures last?
The lifespan of dentures can vary depending on factors such as your oral health, the quality of the dentures, and how well you care for them. On average, dentures can last between 5 to 10 years. Over time, they may require adjustments or replacement to maintain their fit and function.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures can vary widely based on several factors, including the type of dentures, materials used, and your location. It's essential to consult with your dentist for an accurate estimate based on your specific needs. We offer flexible financing options to make dentures affordable to you.
Do dentures hurt to wear?
It's common for dentures to cause some initial discomfort or soreness as your mouth adjusts to them. This discomfort typically subsides as your gums and oral tissues adapt to the dentures. If you continue to experience pain or discomfort, consult your dentist for adjustments to improve the fit.
Can I eat regularly with dentures?
Yes, you can eat regularly with dentures, but there may be an adjustment period as you get used to them. Start with soft foods and gradually incorporate more challenging items as you become accustomed to wearing dentures. Chewing efficiency can vary depending on the quality and fit of your dentures, so be patient and give yourself time to adapt.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Proper care is essential to maintain the longevity and functionality of your dentures. Here are some care tips:
- Clean dentures daily.
- Rinse after meals.
- Handle with care.
- Keep your mouth clean.
- Soak overnight.
- Regular check-ups.
- Avoid hot water.
- Don't use adhesives excessively.