Dentures are a popular treatment option for concealing the space left by missing teeth. Patients typically get dentures when some or all of their natural teeth have been extracted due to dental disease or they experienced trauma to the mouth. Dr. Qureshi at Healthy Smiles of La Grange takes special care to ensure that your new dentures enhance your smile as well as resemble your remaining teeth as closely as possible.
Types of Dentures
As the name implies, complete dentures fit into the top and bottom gum lines to replace all missing teeth. Patients who receive partial dentures have several consecutive teeth missing along the same arch. Partial dentures are also necessary to prevent the teeth remaining in the mouth from shifting out of position.
Complete dentures are further classified as conventional or immediate. With conventional dentures, you must wait approximately four to six weeks for the gum tissue to heal after Dr. Qureshi has removed your natural teeth. Unfortunately, this means that you have no teeth at all while you wait for placement of your new dentures.
Most patients choose immediate dentures for obvious reasons. Prior to having your natural teeth removed at Healthy Smiles of La Grange, Dr. Qureshi requests our dental laboratory to prepare your new dentures in advance. That means they are available for immediate placement after he has extracted all of your remaining natural teeth. However, you should plan to come back for a few adjustments after your gum tissues have had the chance to shrink and heal.
As with any dental appliance, your complete or partial dentures will eventually require replacement. You can extend the lifespan of your dentures by cleaning and storing them as recommended and by practicing good oral hygiene skills.
Besides concealing missing teeth, dentures also help to improve chewing and speaking ability, aid in digestions, enhance your smile, and help your facial tissues to remain healthy throughout your life.
The Process of Getting Dentures
You need to come to our dental clinic for several appointments over the course of many weeks in order to receive dentures that fit and serve you well. One of the most important preparations for dentures is for Dr. Qureshi to take accurate measurements of your teeth, jaws, and gums with a dental mold. This enables him to give the right information to our dental laboratory for your custom-fit dentures. It’s sometimes a process of trial and error while you and your dentist work together to find the right color, fit, and shape for your new replacement teeth. Once those details are worked out, the last step is to come in for the fitting and placement of your new dentures.
It’s important to keep in mind that you will go through a period of adjustment after you receive your new teeth. Many patients report an increased flow of saliva, difficulty speaking and chewing, and muscle soreness the first few days after placement. These symptoms are normal and should disappear on their own. If you experience ongoing discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact a staff member at Healthy Smiles of La Grange for guidance.
Dentures give you the confidence to show the world your best smile. To learn more about them, please contact our dental clinic today.