Dentures are essentially removable teeth that are designed to take the place of teeth lost due to periodontal disease, fracture, decay or extraction. Of course your teeth also play a role in your mouth other than chewing.
Teeth and healthy gums provide structure for your facial muscles and also influence your speech. Most people that suffer multiple tooth loss will opt for dentures to help them regain form and function.
After you’ve had the initial extraction you will be fitted for a pair of immediate or temporary dentures. This is a short term pair of dentures for you to use while your gums are healing and the permanent dentures are being made.
In some cases you won’t have to have all of your teeth removed. If you still have some healthy teeth with good bone structure your dentist might advise you to get an over-denture or partial. This can be fit into the missing gaps giving you back function and cosmetic appearance.
Conventional dentures are the full set of artificial teeth set into a tray molded to fit into the shape of your gum line and jaw. In time you will get used to the fit and feel of your dentures and develop a daily regimen for keeping them clean.
If you’re thinking of getting dentures or you have questions about your current pair, please feel free to give us a call at 619.422.5317 to schedule an appointment.