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If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you’ll want to make sure to replace them as soon as possible. Whether it is due to teeth falling out, being extracted, or being knocked out, missing teeth are a hazard to your overall oral health. You may have a few different options to choose from for your tooth or teeth replacement. There are two main categories these replacement options will fall under, though. These two categories are dentures and dental implants.

Dentures are dental prosthetics that replace a missing tooth or teeth (although they are more common for the replacement of multiple teeth).

Below is more information about what dentures are, the types of dentures, why dentures, the placement process, and more. If you have any additional questions, reach out today! We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about dentures.

What Are Dentures?

Traditional dentures are dental prosthetics intended to replace some or all of a patient’s teeth. These dentures are generally made from acrylic resin, but sometimes they may be made from porcelain. This teeth replacement option is removable, unlike dental implants that stay firmly in place. With that said, there is a hybrid model known as “implant-supported” dentures that involve the false teeth being held in place with the support of implants. While they are supported by implants, they can be removed at will.

Why Dentures?

There are a lot of amazing benefits to dentures that make them an excellent teeth replacement option. If you are missing a large portion of your teeth, dentures can give you back your bite. You’ll be able to eat a lot of your favorite foods that you may have been unable to eat without the help of dentures. You also can smile wide like you used to without fear of judgement. Oftentimes people don’t even notice that you have dentures.

Dentures are also a great option for those that can’t get dental implants. If your gums have receded and/or your jawbone has deteriorated, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. Even if you can get a bone transplant, you may not be able to cover the costs of both the transplant and implant procedures. Dentures allow for a less costly alternative that still provides you with a strong degree of functionality.

If you would like your smile back and you want to continue to eat many of the same foods you love, you’ll want to consider dentures! 

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Types of Dentures

Dentures aren’t a single thing. Instead, there are a few different types of dentures. Generally, you’ll find the two main forms are partial and full dentures. Partial dentures are intended to replace a portion of your teeth, while full dentures are intended to replace an entire row of teeth. While these are the two main types of dentures, there are also variants. For instance, there are implant-supported dentures, snap-in dentures, and more. You also may be provided with immediate dentures for a short period of time after an extraction. This allows you to continue to bite and chew while your permanent dentures are being created.

Speak with your dentist about which form of dentures is right for you.

The Benefits of Dentures

There are a lot of great benefits that come with dentures. One thing that many people like about traditional dentures is that they don’t need surgery to place. This makes them a less invasive and expensive option. Dentures also allow you to bite and chew with relative ease. While some foods will be a little more difficult to eat with dentures than natural teeth, you’ll still be able to eat a lot of the foods you love without a problem.

Those with missing teeth are often afraid of smiling. With dentures, you don’t need to worry about smiling wide! This can not only boost your self-esteem and confidence, but also your overall mood.

The Denture Production and Placement Process

The placement process for dentures is pretty simple. First, your dentist will decide on the material that will be used. If you are getting partial dentures, your dentist will pick a color that matches your remaining teeth.

Your dentist will make an impression of your gums that will be used to create a mold. From there, a wax model is created, and the acrylic or porcelain teeth are placed in the wax to check the size and fit. Once your dentist and you decide the fit is perfect, the final dentures are created. The base color of the dentures can be changed to better match your gums.

Before you know it, you’ll be wearing your brand new dentures! 

How to Maintain Your Dentures

While your dentures aren’t the same as natural teeth, you still need to take care of them. Make sure to rinse your dentures and clean them off with a non-abrasive cleaner when you take them out. You can store your dentures in water to prevent warping and changes in shape. Make sure you remove your dentures every night to allow your jawbone and gums to relax overnight. You will also want to set an appointment with your dentist twice a year so they can check your gums, remaining teeth (if you have them), jawbone, and the condition of your dentures.

It’s also extremely important to take proper care of your oral health when you get dentures. While your teeth are replaced, you still need to take good care of your gums. This means brushing them lightly and rinsing. It also means regular trips to the dentist. If you have partial dentures, make sure you continue to take good care of your healthy, natural teeth. Brush and floss them twice a day, every day. You don’t want them developing cavities. You also don’t want to develop gum disease.

Dentures are an excellent replacement option for many patients with missing teeth. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, reach out today to set an appointment. We’ll check your gums, jawbone, and any remaining teeth to see what replacement option is best to meet your needs.