What’s the Purpose of Dentures?
People with several missing teeth will inevitably experience immediate issues with eating and speaking, and the face will appear sunken where the teeth are missing. Over time, facial muscles will begin to atrophy and sag. Dentures are a cure-all for these issues, helping to enhance cosmetic appearance and restore normalcy to patients’ lives.
“As a senior (over 70) I’ve had a life-long battle with soft, decay prone teeth. I was at the point of my 3rd set of crowns (or implants which I could not afford) and had been to four other dentists (including specialists) for consults. They all gave me a different treatment plan which was confusing and disheartening. Then I met with Dr Curtis who gave me “straight talk” and various options to save my teeth at this stage of life. Both he and his daughter, Dr. Kelly, are skilled, patient and informative with their patients and staff. Additionally, during procedures, the staff receives the benefit of what I call “on-going” continuing education through the generous, instructional dialog by both Doctors. Plus, Dr Curtis has a fine, well-tuned sense of humor!”
Types of Dentures
Dentures can be full or partial, and can be placed at any time after teeth are removed. Full dentures are used when all of the patient’s teeth are missing. These may even be custom made to look exactly like your natural teeth did!
When only some teeth are missing, partial dentures are anchored by being attached to a metal framework that fits over or around the natural teeth that remain. Dentures can have a considerable variation cost and quality. Generally speaking, more expensive dentures tend to last longer and looking more natural.
Wearing dentures can take some getting used to, as the mouth needs to adapt to them before they feel comfortable. The muscles of the tongue and cheeks learn to keep the dentures in place and the gums get accustomed to the way they feel. Adhesives may be used to keep the dentures in place to keep them from slipping or clicking when the patient eats and talks.
Full dentures come in two parts: the top and bottom. The top dentures cover the roof of the mouth (similar to a standard retainer after braces), while the bottom dentures are crescent-shaped to allow room for the tongue. Partial dentures may cover any portion of this and generally contain metal brackets in the area where the natural teeth still reside.
To prevent them from drying out when they’re not in use, dentures should be kept in water – preferably a cleaning solution. They should be brushed regularly with a special toothbrush to prevent plaque buildup. They should be stored, removed, and inserted into the mouth carefully, as they may break if dropped or handled roughly.
Speak with one of our team members today for more details, and get ready to smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
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Do dentures cause pain?
Will my dentures look natural?
Will my dentures affect my speech?
In fact, if you’re already missing teeth, dentures will likely improve your speech.
Do you sleep with dentures or take them out?
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