When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dentures have a long history in dentistry. Used for hundreds of years, dentures were once a common wedding gift during the 18th and 19th centuries because tooth loss was quite common at a young age. Dentures are still widely available today and are a cost-effective option for addressing tooth loss. Today, however, the construction of dentures and the materials used has greatly improved patient comfort and appearance. Our dentist provides insight on common questions about dentures.
Who should get dentures?
Edentulous patients—those who have lost all of their teeth—are great candidates for dentures. In addition to replacing a full arch of teeth, custom dentures called partials can be used to replace lost teeth throughout the mouth while supporting existing biological teeth.
What makes up dentures?
Dentures are constructed from a few different materials by trained technicians. For example, soft acrylics are used to resemble gum tissue and porcelain is used to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. With an in-house laboratory, our dentist closely monitors the construction of every prosthetic to ensure a comfortable and natural looking fit for each patient.
Will dentures look natural?
Since each denture is made to very exact specifications, they will perfectly complement the shape and size of the mouth. By focusing on using quality materials and meticulous attention to detail, our patients with prosthetic teeth enjoy comfortable oral function and a renewed appearance.
Of course, there is an adjustment period after receiving dentures. Patients may notice slight changes in speech and comfort but they will adjust in a matter of weeks to their new teeth.
Should patients with dentures still visit the dentist?
Yes, even patients who have dentures should still visit our practice for regular checkups. After losing teeth, patients are susceptible to bone atrophy and our dentist will need to evaluate bone health on a regular basis. During oral examinations, our team will monitor the health of soft oral tissues like the gums and the insides of cheeks.
To schedule a teeth replacement consultation with our caring and experienced dentist at East Hills Dental Associates, contact our office today.