Your teeth perform a number of jobs for you:
- They make biting off and chewing food possible.
- They make it possible to speak clearly.
- They are the centerpiece of your smile.
- They preserve the integrity of your jawbone.
- They help keep facial muscles active and in place.
You can lose all of your teeth any number of ways. It can happen as a result of an accident, an illness, gum disease or other reasons. Thanks to numerous advances in dental technologies and procedures, the undesirable effects of losing all, or many, of your teeth can be completely eliminated.
Today, a few strategically placed implants that will preserve the jawbone and make your new dentures look, act and feel quite natural can be used. Patient satisfaction with dentures has skyrocketed since the implant procedure was perfected for dentures and partial dentures. No more loose dentures or sagging muscles that rapidly make the face appear much older.
There are three types of dentures:
Conventional dentures and overdenture dentures are permanent appliances. The process of having full dentures or partial dentures installed requires several office visits. Immediate dentures are installed on the same day that remaining teeth are extracted, and are installed on a temporary basis so that you never have to go without teeth. The immediate denture will allow you to eat and chew and speak. Right away you will have a brief period of adjustment to the new appliance. Your final, permanent dentures will be fitted after your mouth completely heals and the contours are permanent, which takes several months. The dentist will be certain that you’re completely healed to ensure a perfect fit and the best possible denture experience.
You may have some good, strong teeth left, which can be saved and be instrumental to secure a partial denture. If not, implants can be employed to preserve the jaw, stabilize the dentures and provide a more natural feel and greater comfort.
There are many options to consider when getting dentures. Doctor McFarland and Doctor Aye will discuss these options with you, and make recommendations based on your specific condition and situation.