What are dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that replace some or all of a person’s missing teeth. They are made to resemble natural teeth and can enhance a person’s smile. Unlike dental implants, full dentures are placed on top of the gums and take the place of an entire arch of teeth. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are smaller appliances that replace multiple missing teeth.
What are partials?
A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that can help restore numerous multiple missing teeth. Partials consist of replacement teeth set into a gum-colored base that is held in place with clasps that attach to your natural teeth.
How do dentures and partials work?
Dentures and partials work by filling in your smile and restoring your ability to chew food. This, in turn, helps to maintain the health of your jawbone, gums, and mouth.
Dentures are full arches of artificial teeth. Partial dentures can replace a few teeth and also can be used alongside dental implants or natural teeth.
Are dentures and partials right for you?
Dentures and partials can avoid shifting of teeth into the spaces left by missing teeth. They also help keep your face from sagging. Dentures and partials can improve the way you speak and pronounce. They can even improve your ability to eat and speak. If you and your dentist decide that you could benefit from dentures or partials, they’re a great option. They will replace your teeth and give you a smile that looks natural.
How long does it take to get used to dentures or partials?
The gums and bones around your teeth need time to adjust to supporting dentures or partials. It can take a few weeks for your mouth to get comfortable. Some people need temporary liners or adhesives to help dentures stay in place. You may need time to get used to dentures or partials. You should still wear them for eight to 12 hours each day. Make sure to always keep your dentures or partials clean and visit your dentist for follow-up checkups.
How often should I see my dentist?
You need to have regular checkups with your dentist. They will be able to look at your dentures to ensure they are still fitting you properly. Wearing ill-fitting dentures can cause bone loss. This can affect the shape of your face.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.