What are dentures?
When teeth are missing, it can not only affect your confidence, but it can cause difficulties in chewing, lead to speech impediments or cause disruptions of other activities involving the oral structures. In some cases, where all teeth are missing, facial muscles may lose needed support, causing the skin to droop. If your natural teeth have fallen out due to an accident, tooth decay, or other dental conditions/complications, denture implants, also known as false or artificial teeth, may be an appropriate treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
A denture is a removable oral device that is used to take the place of missing teeth or relating structures. Dentures can improve the appearance of your smile, provide support to the facial muscles, and restore your natural chewing and phonological speech patterns. There are two different types of dentures: complete/full dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures can help treat cases where all teeth in the mouth are missing. Partial dentures can help treat cases where only some teeth are missing.
Dentures can be made as removable or permanent teeth replacements, and they come in different materials, such as porcelain, acrylic, metal, or plastic. Speak with our friendly dental staff at Cedar Mountain Dental to learn more about the different types of available denture options and which may be best for you.
Why are dentures used?
Missing teeth may not only affect the aesthetics of your smile but also the functionality of your smile, as teeth may begin to shift and your bite may be impaired. Dentures, therefore, can be used to help improve both the appearance and health of your smile. Dentures are used to replace one or more teeth that have fallen out due to various dental concerns, including:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
What do dentures involve?
Creating a finalized denture will involve a few appointments, taking place over the course of weeks. The process involves your doctor first taking impressions of your jaw, along with an assessment or your oral structures. Next, the impressions will be sent to a lab where a wax or plastic denture will be made. This initial denture is not the finalized version of your denture. Instead, this version is used by your dentist to check the overall color, form, and fit before creating a final denture. If your dentist determines that the wax or plastic version is an appropriate fit, a final denture can be made. Once the final denture is ready, your dentist will fit the device to your mouth and make any necessary modifications.
What are the benefits of using dentures?
Whether you have some or many missing teeth, dentures can offer many benefits by helping to alleviate and prevent the occurrence of further dental concerns. Benefits of dentures may include:
- Improved appearance of smile
- Maintained oral health
- Restored ability to chew and speak
- Prevention of the shifting of teeth
If you are interested in dentures, a consultation with one of our dental experts may be the first step toward a brighter, happier, healthier smile. At Cedar Mountain Dental, our staff utilizes the latest state-of-the-art technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat dental conditions. With over 30 years of dental expertise, our knowledgeable and caring dental staff is committed to delivering high-quality patient care and creating meaningful patient relationships that last. To schedule your dentures consultation call (860) 667-2600 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.