If you don’t think missing teeth is a pervasive problem, think again — more than 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Haytham A. Fares, DDS, PC, helps many of his patients restore their quality of life with dentures, removable sets of prosthetic teeth that function like natural teeth. At Dr. Fares’s Dearborn, Michigan, practice, patients can learn more about partial dentures to replace several missing teeth or full sets that can replace an entire set of top or bottom teeth. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
Dentures are removable sets of prosthetic teeth used to fill gaps in your smile. Each set of dentures is lined with a fleshy, acrylic gum-like base. They’re horseshoe-shaped to fit snugly inside your mouth and accommodate your tongue.
Conventional dentures sit directly over your gum tissue and are held in place with metal clasps. Alternatively, implant-retained dentures can be securely attached to implants, artificial teeth roots inserted into your jawbone, for added support.
There are two classifications of dentures: full and partial dentures. Full dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth that can replace an entire set of missing top or bottom teeth. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are sets of prosthetic teeth that can replace several missing teeth.
In cases where you need decaying or damaged teeth extracted prior to getting dentures, Dr. Fares performs gentle, simple surgical and non-surgical extractions.
Dentures are made using detailed impressions of your teeth. Dr. Fares uses these impressions to custom-produce your dentures, which are made in a dental lab.
Generally, it takes about 1-2 weeks for the lab to finish making your dentures. Once they’re ready, you return to the office for a fitting to make sure your new dentures fit properly. If you have implants, you can have your dentures attached to them. Implant-retained dentures help limit shifting or sliding around inside your mouth.
There’s a host of benefits that you’ll experience if you choose dentures to replace missing teeth. These include:
Your dentures will match the look, feel, and function of natural teeth, instantly improving your overall quality of life.
As long as you take proper care of your dentures, there’s no reason they can’t last at least 5-8 years. You can play a key role in ensuring a long lifespan for your dentures. Make sure to treat them like you would your natural teeth, which means brushing them and keeping them clean, as well as using cleaning solutions overnight if your dentures are removable.
If you’d like to set up a consultation to learn more about dentures, call the office or book an appointment online today.