Dentures, Partials & Bridges
It may be too late to save them. In most cases, loose or painful teeth are caused by advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also causes bone loss, and if it's not caught in time, because there's too little support for them, your teeth may have to be removed.
Removing your teeth and replacing them with a denture may be the best way to eliminate the infection caused by periodontal disease and restore the health of your mouth. When this is all done on the same day it's called an immediate denture.
To begin the process of making a denture, we first take impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, we make precise working models of your mouth. We'll work with you to select the best color and shape for your new teeth. When your denture is ready, we'll thoroughly numb your mouth and extract your remaining teeth. Immediately after this, we'll place your new denture.
What to expect after the procedure
For the first 24 hours, your denture will feel tight because your gums are swollen. As your bone heals over the next six to nine months, your gums will shrink back to their normal size and the denture will feel loose. When this happens we'll use a temporary lining to tighten the fit for your mouth. After the healing period is complete, we'll either construct a new final denture or send your immediate denture back to the lab to be relined to secure the proper fit.
It will take you some time for your mouth to become accustomed to your new denture. Simple chores like eating and talking may be a little awkward at first but you will quickly adjust to your new teeth.
Partials area great way to replace missing or damaged teeth while allowing you to keep the rest of your healthy teeth. Partials will ensure that you chew better, look better and enjoy a healthier mouth. Typical upper or lower partials are held securely in place with metal clasps that fit around the anchor teeth or they may be cemented in place.
Partial dentures help prevent several problems. By filling gaps they prevent teeth from shifting and crowding. By replacing missing teeth, they stave off further infection, cavities and periodontal disease. Partials also help balance your bit which means your teeth and jaw work naturally when eating. Lastly, they help support your jaw line, cheeks and lips and help keep your winning smile.
A bridge (also called a fixed partial denture) replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by your dentist. On the other hand, you can take out a removable partial for cleaning. Removable partials, while less expensive, may not be as desirable as fixed bridges and are not generally as stable.
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