20 Feb

Contemplating Dentures? Here’s What You Should Know

Natural teeth play many different vital roles in the mouth, from helping you eat and talk to keeping your jaw bones strong and structured. It’s easy to take for granted just how much you rely upon your teeth until they are no longer there. If you have lost all of your natural teeth from tooth decay, injury, or disease, you don’t need to live with a toothless mouth. Dentures provide a simple solution that allows you to regain full function of your teeth and feel more confident about your mouth and your smile once again.

What Exactly Are Dentures?

Dentures are artificial teeth and gums inserted into your mouth to create the look and feel of a whole, healthy mouth. It’s possible to obtain partial dentures, which just cover a small section of missing teeth, or full dentures, which replace all teeth along the top and bottom gumline. When dentures are created, they are customized specifically to your mouth in order to visually match your existing or previous teeth. Unlike older, less natural dentures made of plastic or porcelain, modern dentures are developed in high tech labs that utilize lightweight and comfortable materials to provide aesthetic and functional dentures.

The Different Types of Dentures

Dentures are no longer the types of simple and inefficient teeth replacements that the movies portray falling into a water glass in a restaurant or being left on grandpa’s bedside table. There are a number of different denture variations in order to meet various patient needs. Partial dentures can be used to replace select teeth if the surrounding teeth cannot support a bridge. Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, replace all natural teeth by being fitted along the top and bottom gumlines and held in place with a suction or temporary adhesive.

Since these two forms of dentures cannot be used until teeth have been extracted, if needed, and the gums have completed healed, immediate dentures are available to use during the healing process. Immediate dentures can easily be refitted as the mouth swells or shrinks during its healing process. Finally, implant supported dentures are attached to implants in the jaw, which are titanium posts with a natural-looking crown tooth on the end.

If you are not a candidate for implants or are seeking a more affordable solution, dentures simply and efficiently provide the gift of a full, health mouth of teeth. Obrochta Center for Dental Health in St. Petersburg, Florida specializes in dentures and other restorative dentistry techniques that replace missing teeth. Call today at 727-321-4464 to learn what you can do to once again enjoy a full set of teeth.

Dr. Obrochta