Dentures are artificial teeth that can replace some or all of your teeth. These custom-made devices can restore your ability to chew, support your teeth and lips, and prevent facial sagging. Whether you’ve lost several teeth or all of your teeth, the specialists at Alla Hart, DDS, PC can determine the right type of dentures for you.
Alla Hart, DDS, PC offers several different types of dentures, including:
Also called complete dentures, these devices consist of artificial teeth attached to an acrylic pink base that looks identical to your gums. Full dentures cover the roof of your mouth for enhanced support and a proper fit.
Partial dentures only replace some of the teeth in your mouth. While they do attach to a pink foundation, partial dentures don’t cover the roof of your mouth. Instead, they connect to a frame that wraps around your anchoring teeth.
Immediate dentures are temporary appliances that your dentist places after removing your natural teeth. You wear immediate dentures while you wait for your permanent restorations. Since dentures take several visits to ensure the proper fit, temporary dentures can restore your smile, protect your gums, and improve your chew ability in the meantime.
Implant-supported dentures, or overdentures, connect to dental implants. These small titanium posts replace your natural tooth roots and hold your dentures securely in place. Overdentures eliminate many of the common problems that accompany traditional dentures, such as poor fit, shifting on the gums, and difficulty chewing.
Creating dentures takes several visits to Alla Hart, DDS, PC to plan and place. During the first appointment, your dentist assesses your gum and jawbone health by performing a dental exam and taking X-rays. At your next visit, they begin planning the length and size of your replacement teeth to ensure the proper fit.
Next, your dentist creates a wax mold of your dentures to determine any other adjustments they still need to make. While you wait for your custom-made dentures, which can take several weeks, you’ll wear temporary dentures.
The best way to care for dentures is by keeping them clean and free of bacteria. Soaking your dentures overnight removes any leftover food debris and bacteria. Meanwhile, gently brushing your gums ensures that bacteria don’t become trapped between your dentures and gums.
To learn more about dentures, call Alla Hart, DDS, PC or schedule an appointment online today.