Expert Fitting for Dentures in the Bridgeton Area
Over time, your teeth will become weaker and more brittle due to use, natural wear and tear, genetics, and in some cases, gum disease. You may find that your teeth are not what they used to be, and may have difficulty with talking or eating. Not only do your teeth get weaker, but they may fall out. When having missing teeth gets too much to bear, you may want to consider having dentures fitted by Carrollwood Dental Group. Our dentists have many years of combined experience, and with an examination, can tell you if dentures are a good choice or not for you.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are one type of restoration you can have done when you have missing teeth. Usually, older people have this done when they have a significant number of missing teeth in their mouths. However, dentures are not just for older people, but also for people who have lost their natural teeth for whatever reasons, such as advanced oral diseases, use of illegal drugs, or trauma. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial.
Partial dentures are not fitted to your entire mouth, but instead, to a particular area that has one or more missing teeth. Partial dentures also have synthetic gums and teeth, but are attached to a wire and can be put in and taken out whenever you want. This type of dentures is particularly beneficial because not only does it replace your missing teeth, but it also prevents your other remaining teeth from shifting.
Complete dentures are ones you’re probably most familiar with—these are the ones that look like an entire mold of a mouth with synthetic gums and teeth. You can wear them whenever you need them. There are two kinds of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. Prior to wearing conventional dentures, you first have to have your teeth removed, and then get the dentures fitted after your gum tissue has healed. This typically occurs 8 to 12 weeks after you’ve had your teeth extracted.
With immediate dentures, they can be made prior to the extraction of your teeth and then placed inside your mouth as soon as you get your teeth removed. This is one of the advantages of choosing immediate dentures as opposed to conventional dentures since you don’t have to go without teeth. However, as your gums and bone heal from the extraction, they shrink, which may give you cause to come back into our dental office to get your dentures adjusted a few times. Because of this, we usually think of immediate dentures as a temporary solution until your conventional dentures are made.
Why You May Need Dentures
If you have had one or more of your natural teeth fall out and are having trouble with speaking or eating, you may need dentures. Not only can dentures help you pronounce your words better and help you chew your food more comfortably, but it can also restore your confidence whenever you want to speak or smile. When you need a complete smile again, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 314-739-3700 at your earliest convenience!