Dentures are removable dental appliances that position artificial teeth in place of missing teeth. While dentures have been in use for a long time, advancements in technology have led to options that are far better than what your grandparents had to choose from.
There are multiple types of dentures to suit a wide range of tooth replacement needs.
These are false teeth worn for a short period of time to preserve your smile until you come in for a more lasting solution. Dr. Khanian can secure a single artificial tooth that works similarly to a retainer, and it can be removed as needed.
If you need to replace only a few missing teeth, partial dentures might be a good fit. These false teeth are secured on a framework of wire and acrylic and fit around your natural teeth. Bridges are another option that meets the same needs as partial dentures.
This option replaces an entire upper or lower span of teeth. A set of full dentures is crafted to fit snugly over the surface of your gums, providing a secure fit and restoring the look and function of your smile.
During your initial consultation, you learn more about the options that are right for you, and you can also ask questions about other approaches like bridgework or dental implants.
Dentures are a popular option due to their affordability. It’s important to note, however, that even the best set of dentures will eventually wear out and need to be replaced, so be sure to take those expenses into consideration when choosing your treatment path.
Today’s dentures are also a good option for those who are not good candidates for dental implants. Some people lack the bone tissue needed to securely anchor implants, and others can’t choose this option due to certain treatments or medications that can impede healing.
If you need to have any of your natural teeth removed prior to getting your dentures, you must give your gums a chance to heal. For most people, this takes 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been extracted.
There are same-day or immediate dentures available that can be placed without this healing period. That said, this route will require you to come back to the office for adjustments after your bone and gums have finished healing.
If you’re ready to learn more about dentures and how they can transform your smile, call the office or request an appointment online today.