Dentures have been around for a long time. And why not? They’re an efficient, safe, and cost-effective way to replace missing teeth. Whether you need partial dentures to replace just a few teeth or compete dentures to replace all of the teeth on the upper or lower jaw, dentures remain a viable dental restoration that give you back your complete smile and your ability to chew your food. At Contemporary Dental Associates, we want to remind you that missing teeth can also cause shifting of your other teeth, discomfort, and a misalignment of your jaws. So call us to schedule a consultation with our Moriches general dentist and discover if you’re a good candidate for dentures.
Complete dentures are typically done about two to three months after all of your teeth have been removed from your upper or lower jaw. The reason is that your gums and bone tissue shrink naturally as they heal and waiting this out allows our Moriches general dentist to ensure that your new dentures fit as precisely as possible and avoid having to put you through the inconvenience and discomfort of adjustments later on. Impressions are taken of your mouth and those are sent to the dental lab where your dentures will be fashioned. When they are ready, you will come in for a fitting. It is our commitment to make certain that you like how your dentures feel and that they’re neither too loose or too tight. Your dentures are held in with adhesive and are removable. You will take them out to clean them and at night while you sleep.
Partial dentures, also called removable bridges, are made the same way as complete dentures, at the dental lab from impressions taken by our Moriches general dentist. Metal clasps are used to anchor partial dentures to the tooth on either side of it and adhesive is used to hold them in place. Like complete dentures, you will remove them as necessary. There will be a period of adjustment after you get your dentures, whether they are complete or partial. You will get used to chewing and speaking with them and they will feel more natural over time.