Having missing teeth affects your speech, the appearance of your face and jaw line, what you can eat, and how you feel about yourself. Finding the right dental treatment to replace missing teeth is a quality-of-life issue. For many people, full or partial dentures are the perfect solution. Dr. Jane L. Dodson and the staff at Bainbridge Dental Associates can help you get the perfect set of dentures. Book your appointment online or call the office in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Dentures replace missing teeth, and they can be removed for cleaning and sleeping, and then put back into your mouth. Dr. Dodson creates a mold of your mouth and sends it to a laboratory that creates your custom-made dentures.
What type of dentures you get is determined by how many healthy, natural teeth you have. Your options are complete (full) or partial dentures.
You get complete or full dentures when you don’t have any healthy natural teeth left. Full dentures have an acrylic gum-colored base that you place over your gums. The base of the upper dentures covers the roof of your mouth, while the lower dentures have a horseshoe-shaped indention for your tongue.
Dr. Dodson fits you for partial dentures if you have at least one remaining tooth in your lower or upper jaw. Partial dentures are placed on a metal frame that connects with your remaining healthy, natural teeth. The partial is sometimes anchored by crowns placed on your natural teeth or implants. Bridges are also sometimes used to connect the artificial and natural teeth.
Yes, you can. There are two options for complete dentures -- immediate or conventional.
Immediate dentures are created in advance using a mold that’s made before the teeth are removed. Although this option doesn’t make you wait for your new dentures, it does require extra appointments for fit adjustments.
During the healing process after tooth extraction, the bones and gums naturally shrink. As your mouth changes over time, Dr. Dodson may need to make several adjustments in your dentures or you may even need a new set to create the proper, comfortable fit. It’s important for you to consider this before choosing immediate dentures.
Conventional dentures are created after any remaining teeth are removed. You’ll need to wait for the gum tissue to heal before you can wear your new dentures, and during this time you’ll be without teeth. However, the advantage is that the mold is taken after your mouth has healed from the tooth extractions, making the need for a second new set of dentures less likely.
No. Although the material used to make dentures doesn’t wear out quickly, normal everyday use and natural changes in your mouth caused by aging may alter how well your dentures fit. If dentures become too loose, eating may become difficult and your gums may become sore, so getting a new set of dentures will ensure your comfort.
If you wear dentures, Dr. Dodson recommends regular dental checkups for good oral health. Dentures may need to be replaced every five to seven years.