How Dentures Can Help
It can be very difficult going through life with several missing teeth. Simple tasks such as talking and eating can become extremely uncomfortable, and they can make people feel very self-conscious. Furthermore, patients who are not able to eat the healthy foods they need tend to have a much shorter life expectancy. Thankfully, your dentist in Lake Norman at Welborne, White, and Schmidt Dentistry is able to offer one of the most reliable solutions to this exact problem: dentures. Generations of people have used them to help restore their smile and function normally again, and now they can do the same for you.
Partial and Full Dentures
Dentures use prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic gum-colored base to replace a portion or entire set of missing teeth. Partial dentures fit among your remaining natural teeth in order to fill in the gaps. This allows us to preserve your teeth without needing to modify them (unlike with a bridge). As the name suggests, a full set of dentures is used to replace an entire arch of teeth. Dentures can be held in place using natural suction, metal clasps, or dental implants. The particular kind of dentures that you need will depend on your specific situation. The goal is to give you a set of teeth that is both natural looking and practical.
How We Create Your Dentures
The first step to getting dentures in Lake Norman is to visit Welborne, White, and Schmidt Dentistry. This will give your doctor the chance to evaluate your teeth and mouth to see if they are the best solution for you. If they are, his team will begin the process by taking several x-rays and scans of your mouth and jaw. This information will be used to create a series of wax models that you will try on in order to find your preferred look and feel. Once you have decided on the fit and appearance that works best for you, the last model will be used to cast your actual dentures. Further adjustments can be made even after you have your final set. The entire process usually takes multiple visits over the course of a few weeks.
This process will be a bit different if you choose to get implant supported dentures. They have many advantages over traditional dentures such as a better hold, more longevity, and they don’t need to be removed. However, you will need to get dental implants placed first, and this can affect the time of your treatment. Dr. Welborne, Dr. White, and Dr. Schmidt will advise you on which kind of dentures will work best for you.
Using Your New Dentures
After you have gotten your dentures, you will be advised to wear them for 24 hours a day for a few weeks so your soft tissue can adapt to them. A small amount of denture adhesive may be necessary to secure them, but the fit shouldn’t depend on it. Talking and eating will not feel natural at first, but will after a few weeks. Practice reading out loud and try to eat softer foods to help this process go faster. Eventually, they will feel like you’ve always had them.
Your dentures need to be cleaned and maintained much like your natural teeth. You should brush and soak them every day, and our doctors can give you recommendations on which products to use.
Let Us Help You
You don’t need to let your missing teeth hold you back anymore and cause you problems. The solution is waiting for you with your dentist in Lake Norman.
If you are curious about how a set of dentures could help you, please make an appointment with us today.